August 19, 2022
Ministry of Health says measles vaccination is below target

Ministry of Health says measles vaccination is below target

Brazil is still below the level of measles vaccination. According to the Ministry of Health, 47.08% of children received immunization medicine in 2022, and the target for vaccination is 95%. Protection against measles is provided by the triple viral vaccine, which is also immunized against mumps and rubella, and is part of the vaccination schedule. The immunization agent is provided in the health units of the country at any time of the year.

MMR is usually given in two doses. The first, taken at the age of one year, and Mondaywith 15 months. The 2022 campaign started in January and runs until December of this year. Coverage in 2021 was low, receiving only 50.1% of the target audience in Brazil Monday MMR vaccine dose.

One of the consequences of low vaccination is the progression of the disease. after, after to have Brazil was certified as a measles-free country by the Pan American Health Organization (PAHO), in 2016, Brazil began to record the spread of the disease throughout the national territory in recent years. The Ministry of Health’s epidemiological bulletin shows more than 40 thousand cases and 40 deaths from measles since 2018, more than half of children under the age of five.

Fucruz

This year, the Oswaldo Cruz Foundation (Vucruz) issued a note drawing attention to The importance of vaccination against disease. Vucruz explains that measles is an acute, highly contagious and dangerous infectious disease, especially in children under 5 years of age, malnourished adults or people with certain immune problems, such as people with transplants, people with HIV, or who are undergoing for him. Chemotherapy, in addition to pregnant women.

Regardless, Fucruz emphasizes, measles affects individuals of all ages and not necessarily those with chronic diseases or any immune problem.

Ministry of Health

To AgĂȘncia Brasil, the Ministry of Health stated, through a memorandum, that through the National Immunization Program (PNI), it is developing and intensifying strategies to meet the challenges and return of low vaccination coverage, in partnership with states and municipalities. .

“The Ministry of Health encourages the population to be vaccinated against vaccine-preventable diseases, and demonstrates the usefulness and safety of vaccines through its official communication channels,” the file says. You are Detailed data Vaccine coverage is available online.

WHO and UNICEF

in FridayOn this day (15), the World Health Organization (WHO) and the United Nations Children’s Fund (UNICEF) released data showing that Fall in the vaccination of children It didn’t just happen in Brazil. Worldwide, two years after the pandemic, the largest sustained drop in childhood vaccinations has been recorded in the past 30 years.

According to the organizations, even due to the regional dimension and population size, Brazil is among the ten countries in the world with the largest number of children with delayed vaccinations. Looking at only the measles vaccine, the country ranks eighth with the highest number of children with a delayed vaccination schedule.