Influenza vaccination reaches less than half of children

Influenza vaccination reaches less than half of children

Sao Paulo has less than 40% of children vaccinated against influenza nationwide. Vaccination coverage among pregnant women and women after childbirth is even lower, reaching less than 30%. At Campinas, coverage figures are slightly better than the national average, but still show the population’s lack of interest in immunization.

The partial balance of the Municipal Department of Health in Campinas shows that the highest vaccination coverage is for the elderly, with 88% reaching the target audience (128,554 doses administered). Then there is the group of health workers, with 59% including 31,118 vaccinated persons.

The Secretariat warns of the need to expand coverage to protect more people. In the case of children, only 43% of the target audience has been vaccinated so far, which represents 27,359 doses administered. Among women after childbirth, that percentage is 51%, and 854 women have been vaccinated. The group of pregnant women has the lowest rate: 36%, with 3,683 doses administered.

The total number of vaccinated in the country is 7.5 million, and the campaign was mostly adhered to by the elderly, and 60 percent of this public was vaccinated. Healthcare workers have 50.7% of their public vaccinated, and teachers reach 36%.

Since the beginning of the campaign on March 26, 232,479 people have been vaccinated against the flu in Campinas. Vaccination is available in 65 health centers until June 24 (not only CS Joaquim Egídio and Boa Esperança are participating in the vaccination). No need to schedule an appointment.

groups

The vaccination campaign includes people over 60, children from six months to five years of age, health workers, teachers of public and private schools, indigenous people, people with disabilities, people with comorbidities, pregnant women and women after childbirth (women up to 45 days after childbirth).

Also included are truck drivers, road workers, port workers, security and rescue forces, armed forces, employees of the prison system, the population deprived of liberty, in addition to adolescents and young people under socio-educational measures.

According to the coordinator of the municipal immunization program, Chaúle Vizelli, the vaccine is safe and effective, reducing the risk of death and hospitalization. It is also a way to protect other people because even before they find out they are infected, a person can pass the virus on to others.

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

Measles

The smallpox vaccine is also given together with the flu vaccine to children aged six months to under five years. 23,658 doses were administered to this public, which is 37% of the predicted.

Healthcare workers who are late with the measles vaccine are also vaccinated. 1,231 doses were administered to this public.

Vaccines against smallpox and smallpox can be given on the same day as others in the National Vaccination Calendar. In this way, you can use going to the Health Center to update your vaccine portfolio.

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