Only 12 days after the end of the vaccination campaign vaccination coverage is still far from the 95% taken by the Ministry of Health
19 August 2018, 19 February 2014
Roraima is the state with the worst vaccination rate, with only 16% of vaccinated children against measles and 19.1% against polio. Rondônia is the state with the best coverage for both vaccines, with about 70% of the immunized target population.
After the exponential increase in the number of cases of measles in the country, mainly in the north, the vaccination campaign year is random. That is, even children who have completed the vaccination schedule should go to health clinics to get a booster dose of immunizations against the disease. The aim is to vaccinate at least 95% of the 11 million children on 31 August.
The country is currently facing two outbreaks of measles in Roraima and Amazonas. Until last Tuesday (14) 910 cases of measles were confirmed in Amazonas and 296 in Roraima. Isolated cases were also identified in São Paulo (1), Rio de Janeiro (14), Rio Grande do Sul (13), Rondônia (1) and Pará (2).
Although there were six deaths from the disease, four in Roraima (three in foreigners and one in Brazilian) and two in Amazonas (Brazilians). the country has not registered any cases of the disease since 1989; a low vaccination coverage clears the way for a possible return of the disease, which has not yet been eradicated in the world. That is why it is important that all children are vaccinated and that the target of the federal government is achieved. A suspicion of poliomyelitis was reported in Venezuela in June.
The country receives a larger contingent every day to Venezuelans and the outbreaks of measles currently being affected were caused by the virus that was imported from the country
During the campaign all children from 1 year to less than 5 years of age should receive a dose of the triple virus – provided they have not been vaccinated in the last 30 days. against polio, children who have never been immunized will receive the inactivated polio vaccine (VIP) in injectable form. Children who have received one or more doses against polio will receive an oral polio vaccine (OPV) in the form of a droplet.