posted on 10/28/2020 11:45
(credit: Marcelo Camargo / Agência Brasil)
Children aged 1 to 5 years have until Friday (10/30) to receive the polio vaccine, the closing day of the National Polio Vaccination Campaign. According to the latest balance sheet by the Ministry of Health (MS), released on the 26th, only 35% of the target audience were vaccinated, which corresponds to 4 million children in this age group.
Therefore, 7.3 million children still need to be vaccinated in order to reach the goal of immunizing 11.5 million of the target audience. The campaign started on October 5 and is running simultaneously with the multivaccination campaign, which aims to update the vaccination situation of children and adolescents under 15 years of age.
According to the balance released on the 26th, the greatest vaccination coverage occurred in Amapá, with 62.59% coverage, followed by Paraíba, with 50.11%. The lowest coverage is in Rondônia, with 11.76%. In a note, the ministry reported that, according to preliminary data, so far 232 (4.16%) municipalities have reached the goal of 95% of vaccinated children.
“Among the target population for vaccination, the highest coverage, so far, was recorded among 2-year-old children (35.33%) and the lowest coverage was among 3-year-old children (34.23%) There is no treatment for polio and the only form of prevention is vaccination The oral polio vaccine (VOP) protects against two poliovirus serotypes (1 and 3) and the inactivated vaccine (VIP) against the three serotypes (1 , 2 and 3) “, the Ministry of Health informed in a note.
Still according to the folder, it is recommended that children with acute infections, with fever above 38ºC or with hypersensitivity to any component of the vaccine, be evaluated by the health service before taking the vaccine. The ministry, however, guarantees that the vaccine “is extremely safe and is effective between 90% and 95% for PWV”.
The recommendation to states that do not reach the goal is to continue with routine vaccination, offered throughout the year in the more than 40 thousand health centers distributed throughout the country.