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Action aims to contribute to the vaccination of 11.2 million children at the end of the month
08/08/2018 15:44 ,
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D-day of vaccination against measles and poliomyelitis takes place on Saturday (18). 17/08/2018 15h58
Throughout Brazil, more than 36,000 health posts will be open to children under the age of one year and under five who need to take the vaccines. Even those who have already been vaccinated must be taken to the units to receive a booster. Hours of service are provided by local health managers and can vary from city to city.
The campaign started on the last day 6 with the aim to immunize 11.2 million children until 31 August. The number represents 95% vaccination coverage in this age group. According to the latest report from the Ministry of Health on Tuesday (14), 85% of the target public had not yet been vaccinated.
For children who have not used a single dose of polio, the injectable vaccine will be given. Those who have already taken one or more doses should be treated orally. Concerning the measles, all will receive a dose of the Triple Viral because they have not been vaccinated in the last 30 days.
Currently, there are two outbreaks of measles in the country: one in Roraima and one in the Amazon region, which reinforces the need for vaccination. As of August 14, 910 cases of measles have been confirmed in Amazonas and 5,630 are still under investigation. The State of Roraima has confirmed 296 cases of the disease and 101 are still under investigation. In addition, six people died of measles, with a Brazilian) and two in the state of Amazonas (Brazilians).
Measles is an acute infectious disease, viral in nature, transmitted by secretions driven by coughing, sneezing, speaking or breathing and extremely contagious. The symptoms are: high fever, above 38.5 ° C, skin rash and redness in the skin, cough, coryza, conjunctivitis and white spots in the oral mucosa, known as a sign of head appearing 1 to 2 days before the onset of skin rash.
Poliomyelitis is also contagious. poliovirus can infect children and adults by direct contact with feces or with secretions eliminated by the mouth of infected persons. The first symptoms of the disease can be confused with the flu : sore throat, excessive fatigue, headache and fever. The disease can provoke or not paralysis.
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