Government of Goiás carries out 8th National Measles Vaccination Campaign and 24th Campaign against Influenza

Vaccination against measles and influenza has already started, and continues until July 3 at health posts

The Government of Goiás, through the Secretary of State for Health (SES-GO), promotes, between April 4th and June 3rd, simultaneously, the 8th National Campaign for Follow-up and Vaccination of Health Workers against Measles and the 24th National Influenza Vaccination Campaign. There will be 965 fixed vaccination posts in the municipalities and 1,860 professionals involved in the campaigns.

Measles immunization is intended to reach children aged 6 months to under 5 years of age, a stage defined as Follow-up, and also health workers. The MMR vaccine will be used against measles, mumps and rubella.

The first stage of measles vaccination will take place from April 4 to June 3 for health workers. The second stage will be dedicated to children, from April 30th to June 3rd. Immunization will take place at health posts, from 8 am to 5 pm, without interruption of care.

The goal is to vaccinate at least 95% of the campaign’s target population. An amount of 425,748 children, out of a total of 448,156. Among health workers, it is intended to reach at least 196,492, out of a total of 206,834.

The Superintendent of Health Surveillance at SES-GO, Flúvia Amorim, highlights that measles is highly transmissible, and can cause serious complications and lead to death. Transmission can occur by dispersion of droplets with viral particles in the air, especially in closed environments, such as day care centers, schools, clinics and means of transport, such as buses, ships and planes.

“The measles vaccination campaign is a strategy aimed at rescuing children under 5 years of age who have not yet been vaccinated and correcting primary vaccination failures, reducing large groups of susceptible individuals,” says Flúvia.

The virus can be transmitted six days before and four days after the rash (red patches of skin) appears. The classic symptoms are high fever, generalized maculopapular rash, cough, coryza, conjunctivitis and white spots that appear on the oral mucosa, preceding the rash.

measles cases
In 2018, 9,325 measles cases were confirmed in Brazil, with 12 deaths. In 2019, there were 20,884 cases, with 16 deaths. In 2020, 8,444 cases were confirmed, with 10 deaths. In 2021, there were 668 cases and 2 deaths. With the reintroduction of the measles virus in Brazil in 2018, and the circulation of the same chain of transmission for more than 12 consecutive months, Brazil lost its certification as a measles-free country.

In August 2019, the record of five confirmed cases of measles in Goiás reestablished a chain of transmission of the disease after 20 years without the circulation of the virus. This outbreak lasted from August 2019 to March 2020, when a total of 20 cases of the disease were recorded, in Goiânia, Aparecida de Goiânia, Anápolis, Posse and Rialma. In 2021, 25 suspected cases of measles were reported in the state, all of which were discarded, and in 2022, 2 cases were reported, also discarded.

According to the World Health Organization (WHO), many countries remain endemic for measles, especially those with low vaccination coverage and pockets of unvaccinated people. “This is the case of Brazil, which since 2019 has become endemic for this disease again, which led to the loss of the measles-free country certificate”, warns SES Immunization Manager, Clarice Carvalho.

The flu
Also between April 4 and June 3, the 24th National Influenza Vaccination Campaign will take place, covering priority groups, as defined by the Ministry of Health (MS). This vaccination is particularly relevant, as it protects vulnerable populations at risk of developing severe forms of the disease, thus reducing the impact of respiratory complications attributed to these viruses, relieving the burden on the health system.

To facilitate immunization, the campaign will be carried out in two stages: in the first, from April 4 to May 2, elderly people aged 60 and health workers will be vaccinated, totaling 1,079,533 people in Goiás.

On D-Day, on April 30, and in the second stage, from May 3 to June 3, pregnant women, puerperal women, children aged 6 months to under 5 years, teachers, indigenous population, people with comorbidities or permanent disabilities will be vaccinated. , security and rescue forces, armed forces, truck drivers and public transport workers, employees of the deprivation of liberty system and the population deprived of liberty. This vaccinable population totals 1,292,475 people.

The trivalent vaccine is safe and protects against influenza A (H1N1 and H3N2) and influenza B viruses. Detection of protective antibodies takes place between two and three weeks after vaccination, and generally lasts for six to 12 months. The goal is to vaccinate at least 90% of eligible groups.

It is recommended to postpone vaccination against influenza in people with a picture suggestive of infection by Covid-19 in activity, to avoid confusion with other differential diagnoses. Vaccination should be postponed until clinical improvement of the acute condition and absence of fever.

Vaccines against Covid-19 and influenza can be administered simultaneously or at any interval, in the population from 12 years of age. However, for children from 5 to 11 years of age, a minimum interval of 15 days must be respected between immunizations.

The Ministry of Health sent to the State of Goiás, for the beginning of the first stage of vaccination, 217 thousand doses, which have already been distributed to 246 municipalities.

The presentation of a personal document is mandatory for all priority groups. You should also bring your vaccination card. Postpartum women must show a personal document and a document that proves the pregnancy (child’s birth certificate or maternity card). For people with chronic diseases, the need for a medical prescription or medical report remains, which must be presented on the day of vaccination.

Teachers, health workers, security and rescue force professionals, urban and long-haul passenger road transport workers, truck drivers, port workers must carry a personal document and a document proving a link or professional category (paycheck, badge, etc.) .

Secretary of State for Health/Government of Goiás

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