Curitiba has not yet reached polio vaccination target



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The National Polio Vaccination Campaign continues until November 30 and in Curitiba, the number of children, between 1 and 5 years old, who have been vaccinated is still low.

Until this Saturday (21), 53.6% of the campaign’s target audience received immunization, according to the Municipal Health Department. The goal is to apply the vaccine to 90,000 children.

The low coverage led the City to adopt strategies such as immunizing children at home, in areas of greatest social vulnerability, and vaccination in the drive-thru system.

In addition, still on Saturday, a vaccination effort was carried out with 2,163 immunized children.

According to the State Department of Health (Sesa), ParanĂ¡ has so far reached 74.63% vaccine coverage of the target audience, which is 583,962 children.

According to the Ministry of Health, the polio vaccine is indicated for children aged 2 months (1st dose), 4 months (2nd dose) and 6 months (3rd dose). Booster doses are also foreseen at 15 months and 4 years of age.

Polio is a viral disease that can be transmitted by contaminated food and water or contact with an infected person. Some people with poliovirus do not get sick or show symptoms, in other cases the virus can affect nerves and lead to partial or total paralysis.

In Curitiba, the vaccine has been available in all health units since September 28.

Reporter William Bittar

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