Influenza vaccination reaches less than half of children

In São Paulo, less than 40% of children are vaccinated against influenza throughout the state. Vaccination rates for pregnant and postpartum women are even lower, reaching less than 30%. In Campinas, coverage numbers are a bit better than the state average, but still indicate a lack of population interest in immunization.

A partial balance of the Campinas Health Department shows that the maximum vaccination coverage was for the elderly, reaching 88% of the subjects (128,554 vaccinations were applied). Next, there is a group of health care workers covered by 59% and vaccinated with 31,118 people.

The Secretariat warns that the scope needs to be expanded to protect more people. For children, only 43% of subjects have been vaccinated so far, which is equivalent to 27,359 vaccinations. For women with puerperal fever, the proportion is 51% and 854 women are vaccinated. The group of pregnant women has the lowest rate: 36%, 3,683 doses applied.

The total number of vaccinations in the state is 7.5 million, and the elderly are the most compliant with the campaign, with 60% of this official vaccine being vaccinated. Healthcare workers are immunized by 50.7% of the public and teachers are up to 36%.

In Campinas, 232,479 people have been vaccinated against influenza on March 26, since the campaign began. Vaccinations will be available at 65 health centers until June 24th (only CS Joaquim Egídio and Boa Esperança will not participate in vaccinations). No need to book.

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Vaccination campaigns include people over 60 years old, children 6 months to under 5 years old, health care workers, public and private school teachers, indigenous people, people with disabilities, people with comorbidities, during pregnancy and after childbirth. Women (women up to 45 days after delivery).

It also includes truck drivers, road transport workers, harbor workers, security forces, rescue teams, troops, prison system employees, deprived people, and adolescents and adolescents undergoing social education measures. increase.

According to Chaúla Vizelli, coordinator of the municipal immune program, the vaccine is safe and effective, reducing the risk of death and hospitalization. It is also a way to protect others because they can infect others even before they know they are infected.

Chaúla also points out that vaccines are updated annually to ensure the effectiveness of the defense against new circulating strains of the virus. This year, we will protect against H1N1, H3N2 (the Darwin subtype that caused a local outbreak in Brazil in late 2021) and B.

measles

The measles vaccine is also given to children under the age of 6 months to 5 years with the flu vaccine. A total of 23,658 doses were applied to this public, 37% of the predicted total.

Healthcare workers who are late for measles vaccination are also vaccinated. 1,231 doses were applied to this public.

Vaccines against influenza and measles can be applied on the same day. It can also be applied on other days of the National Vaccination Calendar. In this way, you can take advantage of your trip to the health center to update your vaccine portfolio.

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