Due to the low coverage of flu and smallpox vaccines, the Ministry of Health of the state of Minas Gerais (SES-MG) extended the national vaccination campaigns until June 24. As of Thursday, June 2, the coverage of vaccination against influenza and smallpox in Minas Gerais was 54.6% and 47%, respectively, according to the National Health Data Network.
For influenza, the goal is 90% vaccination coverage for priority groups, estimated at more than 8.2 million people. Regarding smallpox, the campaign is intended for health workers and children from six months to under 5 years of age. More than 1.7 million people in the country must be vaccinated against smallpox, and the goal of vaccination coverage is 95%.
In the 54 municipalities that make up the Montes Clarosa Regional Health Surveillance (SRS), only the municipality of Novorizonte has exceeded the target of vaccinating 95% of children and health workers against measles. As of Friday, June 3, vaccination coverage in the municipality was 125.93% of children and 157.14% of health workers. This happened because the initial vaccination estimate of 323 children jumped to 408 doses administered. On the other hand, 132 health workers were vaccinated, contrary to the original estimate of 84 experts.
According to the data recorded by the municipalities in the National Health Data Network, twelve municipalities in the area of operation of the SRS in Montes Claros managed to pass 70% of the vaccination of children against measles. These are: Ricinus (94.62%); Salinas (91.43%); Guaraciama (87.13%); Gameleiras (83.44%); Cristália (78.97%); Engineer Navarro (77.57%); Glaucilândia (76.97%); Vargem Grande do Rio Pardo (76.30%); São João da Lagoa (76.28%); Joaquim Felício (74.36%); Catuti (73.03%); Father Pedro (71.90%).
As far as health workers are concerned, in addition to Novorizonte, the vaccination campaign has already achieved vaccination coverage above 95% in four other municipalities: Pai Pedro (130.85%); Joaquim Felício (111.01%); Francisco Sá (100.83%) and Itacambira (100%). Another six municipalities have vaccination coverage of health workers above 70%: Guaraciama (93.68%); Vargem Grande do Rio Pardo (86.87%); Gameleiras (83.19%); Inside Corral (83.05%); Catuti (80.85%) and Montezuma (72.60%).
In Montes Claros, the National Health Data Network points out that by June 3, the coverage of children with measles vaccination was 39.10% and health workers 47.81%.
Agna Soares da Silva Menezes, SRS health surveillance coordinator in Montes Claros, stresses the importance of vaccinating children and health workers against measles due to the fact that the disease virus is circulating in the country. “Vaccination will interrupt the active circulation of the virus, which will minimize the burden of the disease, while reducing the burden on health services as a result of this further deterioration,” said the coordinator.
In the last three years, 30,017 cases of measles have been reported in Brazil. In 2019, there were 20,901 cases; In 2020, 8,448 reports, which fell to 668 cases in 2021.
24. The national influenza vaccination campaign also has low vaccination coverage in all regions of the country and the country. Among the 54 municipalities that make up the Montes Clarosa Regional Health Surveillance, as of Friday, June 3, only four sites had vaccination coverage above 70%: Pai Pedro (76.8%); Guaraciama (76.6%); Vargem Grande do Rio Pardo (70.7%) and Santa Cruz de Salinas (70.1%).
In Montes Claros, the largest municipality in northern Minas, by June 3, flu vaccination coverage was 36.4%, according to data released by the municipal health department on the National Health Data Network.
During the meeting of the Bipartite Intergovernmental Commission of the Unified Health System – (CIB-SUS) held on Friday, the 3rd in Montes Claros, the technical reference for immunization of the Regional Health Supervision, Mônica de Lourdes Rochido, warned managers of the need to increase vaccination coverage in northern Minas.
“Every manager knows the best work strategy to be implemented in their municipality. However, everyone must be aware of the fact that the population needs to be mobilized and warned about the risks of disease outbreaks that can be avoided with vaccines that are free in public health services. Among the strategies that municipalities can implement is the opening of vaccination rooms on weekends and at night, in addition to vaccinating the population in places outside the facilities, “the technical reference points out.
The flu vaccination campaign prioritizes audiences over the age of 60 or older; health workers; children from 6 months to under 5 years of age; pregnant women and women after childbirth; local people; teachers; persons with comorbidities; permanent physical defects; security, rescue and armed forces professionals; truck drivers; workers in road, city and intercity public transport; port workers; prison system staff; population deprived of liberty; adolescents and young people aged 12 to 21 under socio-educational measures. The groups that meet the conditions for vaccination against smallpox in 2022 are health workers and children aged 6 months to 5 years.