Flu vaccination reaches less than half of children

São Paulo has fewer than 40% of children vaccinated against the flu statewide. Vaccination coverage among pregnant and postpartum women is even lower, at less than 30%. In Campinas, the coverage figures are a little better than the state average, but they still show a lack of interest from the population in vaccination.

The partial report of the Municipal Health Department of Campinas shows that the greatest vaccination coverage is in the elderly, with 88% of the target audience reached (128,554 doses applied). Then there is the group of health workers, with 59% coverage and 31,118 people vaccinated.

The Secretariat warns of the need to expand coverage so that more people are protected. In the case of children, only 43% of the target audience has been vaccinated to date, representing 27,359 doses applied. For puerperal women, the percentage is 51%, with 854 women vaccinated. The group of pregnant women has the lowest rate: 36%, with 3,683 doses applied.

The total number of vaccinated in the state is 7.5 million, with the elderly being the most committed to the campaign, with 60% of this public vaccinated. Health workers have 50.7% of their public vaccinated and teachers reach 36%.

In Campinas, since the start of the Campaign on March 26, 232,479 people have been vaccinated against influenza. Vaccination is available in 65 health centers until June 24 (only CS Joaquim Egídio and Boa Esperança do not participate in vaccination). No need to make an appointment.

groups

Included in the vaccination campaign are people over 60 years old, children from six months to under five years old, health workers, teachers in public and private schools, indigenous peoples, people with disabilities, people with comorbidities, pregnant and postpartum women (women up to 45 days postpartum).

Also concerned are truck drivers, road hauliers, port workers, security and rescue forces, the armed forces, employees of the penitentiary system, the population deprived of their liberty, as well as adolescents and young people under social security measures. educational.

According to the coordinator of the municipal vaccination program, Chaúla Vizelli, the vaccine is safe and effective, reduces the risk of death and hospitalizations. It is also a way to protect others because even before knowing that he is infected, a person can transmit the virus to others.

Chaúla also points out that every year the vaccine is updated to ensure the effectiveness of protection against new circulating strains of the virus. This year, it protects against H1N1, H3N2 (Darwin subtype, which caused localized outbreaks in Brazil in late 2021) and type B strains.

Measles

The measles vaccine is also given with the flu vaccine to children aged six months to less than five years. A total of 23,658 doses were applied to this audience, or 37% of the planned total.

Health workers who are late for the measles vaccine are also vaccinated. 1,231 doses were applied to this audience.

The vaccines, against influenza and measles, can be applied on the same day, as well as others in the national vaccination schedule. In this way, you can take advantage of the trip to the Health Center to update the vaccine portfolio.

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