National Polio Vaccination Campaign ends Friday
The Health Minister, Alexandre Padilha, and the Secretary of Health Surveillance, Jarbas Barbosa, launched on June 13 the National Polio Vaccination Campaign, which beginning on July 16 and continuing through July 6 throughout Brazil.
The Ministry of Health intends to immunize against 14 million children under 5 years of age, which corresponds to 95%. The campaign has 115,000 vaccination posts, including churches, trade unions, malls throughout Brazil, as well as 42,000 vehicles - rainwater and air -, 350,000 professionals and millions of doses of the vaccine.
"The vaccine is safe , has almost no contraindication - children with fever / patients should be consulted, "comments the Secretary of Health Surveillance, Jarbas Barbosa. "Whoever has a vaccination record should bring it along with the child, but even those who do not have it can go."
In addition to the polio vaccine, children may receive other doses that are late. There are still, in the world, 16 countries with polio cases. Therefore, vaccination is important. "In the last 20 years, the virus has been reintroduced in the Americas, as in the United States and Canada."
About the vaccine
Offered free of charge by the Unified Health System (SUS), the vaccine against childhood paralysis is administered orally, in drops, and is available year-round at health clinics for routine immunization. By the basic vaccination schedule, infants should receive the vaccine at two, four, and six months. At 15 months, the children receive the first reinforcement. However, it is important that all children under the age of five years (0 to 4 years 11 months and 29 days) take both doses of the vaccine during the National Campaign, even if they have been vaccinated previously.
The vaccine does not present contraindications. It is recommended, however, that children who have a fever above 38 ° or with an infection are evaluated by a doctor before receiving the droplets. The vaccine is also not recommended for children who have immunodepression problems (such as cancer and AIDS patients or other immune-defying conditions). Poliomyelitis is a serious infectious and contagious disease. Most often, the child does not die when infected, but gets serious injuries that affect the nervous system, causing paralysis, especially in the lower limbs. The disease is caused and transmitted by a virus (the poliovirus) and the contamination occurs mainly orally.
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