Vaccination campaign against polio and multivaccination is carried out until the end of the month

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Until the 30th of this month, the parents or guardians of children and adolescents up to 14 years, 11 months and 29 days who were unable to attend one of the 335 vaccination posts made available by the Manaus City Hall during the “D” day of mobilization of the National Campaign against Polio and Multivaccination, carried out last Saturday (17), they can go to one of the 168 fixed vaccination rooms of the Municipal Health Secretariat (Semsa) to update the vaccination card and prevent against various diseases. The list with the address of the vaccine rooms can be accessed on the Semsa website.

According to the municipal health secretary, Marcelo Magaldi, the National Immunization Program (PNI) provides 18 vaccines for children and adolescents. “Vaccination rates across the country are below 70%, even due to people’s fear of leaving home to look for a vaccine room due to the possibility of infection by Covid-19. It is a situation that poses a risk of epidemics, even of diseases that are no longer registered in Brazil. The reintroduction of the polio virus, which can cause serious sequelae or the death of the child, is a major concern because there are still cases registered in other countries and the disease can only be prevented with the vaccine ”, warned Magaldi.

In the campaign against polio, all children aged one to four years should receive a dose of Oral Polio Vaccine (OPV). For children from two months to 11 months and 29 days, health professionals will evaluate the vaccination card and check the need for doses of Inactivated Polio Vaccine (VIP), following the recommendations in the National Vaccination Calendar.

The multivaccination campaign is aimed at children and adolescents up to 14 years, 11 months and 29 days, reinforcing the offer of vaccines such as Pentavalente, against diphtheria, tetanus, whooping cough, hepatitis B and the Haemophilus influenzae B virus; Rotavirus, against gastrointeritis; Pneumococcal 10, which protects pneumonia, meningitis and otitis; Meningococcal C; Meningococcal ACWY (for adolescents aged 11 and 12); Triple viral, which prevents measles, mumps and rubella; Varicella; HPV vaccine; Influenza (flu); Hepatitis A; Double Adult, against diphtheria and tetanus; and Yellow fever.

“Parents or guardians must take the children and adolescents to a vaccination room so that health professionals can make the evaluation of the Vaccine Card, according to the age group and following what is recommended in the national vaccination calendar. With the risk of Covid-19, children and adolescents will only be able to have one companion to go to a health unit ”, highlighted the head of the Immunization Division at Semsa, nurse Isabel Hernandes.

He is D

With 900 health professionals working in 335 vaccination posts, this Saturday, 10/17, the Manaus City Hall promoted the “D” Day of mobilization of the National Campaign against Polio and Multivaccination. The action took place between 8am and 5pm.

Concerned about protecting the health of her two-year-old daughter against polio, doctor Lara Frota, 33, took advantage of D-Day to look for the vaccination room at the Basic Health Unit (UBS) Luiz Montenegro, in the Nossa Senhora das Graças neighborhood , Center-South zone.

“My daughter’s vaccination card is up to date, but the polio campaign vaccine was missing. Taking the child to vaccinate does not occupy any of our time and makes all the difference in the child’s health, preventing polio, a disease that has serious consequences. If we do not have this preventive care, it is not for nothing that these diseases are at risk of returning, ”said Lara Frota.

Cook Edilamar Guimarães, a resident of the São Geraldo neighborhood, took her four-year-old son for vaccination at UBS Luiz Montenegro, when the vaccination card was evaluated. “The vaccine card only lacked the yellow fever vaccine, which my son had not taken because I did not seek a UBS due to concerns about the Covid-19 pandemic, but now everything has been updated,” explained Edilamar.

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