ALERT: Measles and flu vaccination coverage still low in Paraíba

The informative notes (22 and 23) published by the Department of State for Health, which evaluate the vaccination campaigns still in force against measles and influenza, point to a weak adhesion of the target audiences. The campaigns started on April 4 and will continue until June 3. The aim is to vaccinate 95% of the target audience against measles and 90% against influenza, however, as of May 16, only 38.17% of children have been vaccinated against measles and 37.9% of covered groups have received the flu vaccine. .

According to the information notes, the flu vaccination coverage, by municipality, has a low adhesion of the target groups. Of the 223 municipalities, only 107 had coverage above 50%. The municipality of Santo André was the only one to achieve the target recommended by the Ministry of Health (90%). Between May 9 and May 16, 16 municipalities recorded no change in vaccine demand data, suggesting stagnation in the campaign or a delay in entering information into the system. Among the cities with the most worrying coverage, Marcação stands out, with 5.5%; Baía da Traição, with 9.4%; Sapé, with 14.2% and Santa Rita, with 14.3%.

Regarding measles vaccination coverage, it is important to highlight that two municipalities have not recorded the doses applied to children: Soledade and São José do Brejo do Cruz. Of the 223 sites in Paraíba, only 122 had coverage greater than 50%. The municipalities of Olivedos, Boa Ventura, Santo André, Araruna, Maturéia, Cajazeirinhas, Conceição, Zabelê, Piancó and Serra Grande are those that have reached the 95% target recommended by the Ministry of Health. Among the cities with low coverage, in addition to the two already mentioned, there are Pilar, Duas Estradas, Tenório, Campina Grande and Santana de Mangueira. All are below 10%.

The Secretary of State for Health, Renata Nóbrega, observes two scenarios among the data collected. “Both vaccination coverages are unsatisfactory, especially given the emergence of new measles cases in Brazil and the seasonality that favors illnesses with flu-like symptoms. Considering that the data may be the result of the low adhesion of the population or the delay in recording the doses, we are addressing not only the population, but also the municipal officials, so that they regularize the entry of information in the system. At the same time, we urge parents to have their children vaccinated against measles and flu. Other groups, such as the elderly, pregnant women, postpartum women, education professionals and security forces, should receive the flu vaccine. We are in the home stretch of the campaigns and it is important to reach as many people as possible by June 3,” he warned.

Regarding measles vaccination, the SES reports that between May 9 and May 16, 41 municipalities recorded no change in data for any of the audiences; 43 did not enter any dose in the child public and 88 did not enter any dose in the working public.

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