Demand for flu and measles vaccines remains low in Criciúma

The Ministry of Health stresses that vaccination is the main way to prevent diseases

Demand for flu (influenza) and measles vaccines is low in Criciúma. According to the most recent data from the Municipal Department of Health, the overall vaccination coverage rates, compared to the target audience, for influenza and measles are 31.27% and 40.3% respectively. The dossier emphasizes that vaccination is the main form of disease prevention.

The national flu and measles vaccination campaign began on April 4. As informed by the head of health surveillance of Criciúma, Samuel Buco, the Secretariat expected greater public support. “Global vaccination coverage rates are lower than they should already be at this stage of the campaign. The vaccine target is 95% of the target audience for measles and 90% for influenza,” he explained.

the secretary of the file, Arleu da Silveira, emphasizes the importance of vaccination. “As with Covid-19, if people get vaccinated, we will significantly reduce the circulation of these viruses. On April 30, we organized D-Day, opening the Basic Health Units (UBS) for flu vaccination and 1,877 against measles. With that, we made a jump in vaccination coverage, but since then the demand has gone down,” he pointed out.

The domestic campaign ends on June 3 and there is no extension forecast so far. After this date, the influenza vaccine will be available for the general population. The doses are still available at UBS.

Measles

According to a state technical report, measles can be defined as an acute, communicable and highly contagious infectious disease, which can lead to complications and death, especially in malnourished children under the age of one. Transmission is through respiratory secretions. Since 2018, Brazil has recorded outbreaks of measles, and since 2019 the disease has become endemic again, leading to the loss of the certificate of measles-free country.

The measles vaccine also protects against mumps and rubella (triple virus). The target audience for the vaccine is children aged 6 months to less than 5 years, as well as health workers.

Flu

Influenza is an acute viral infection that affects the respiratory system and is highly transmissible. Transmission is mainly from person to person, through respiratory droplets produced by coughing, sneezing or talking. The 2022 flu vaccine is trivalent and protects against the three types of virus that circulated in 2021: H3N2, H1N1 and Influenza B.

The groups that can receive the immunizing agent against influenza are:

– People over the age of 60;

– Children aged 6 months and under 5 years;

– Health care workers;

– Pregnant women and mothers;

– Indians;

– Teachers;

– People with comorbidities;

– Persons with permanent disabilities;

– Security and Rescue Forces and Armed Forces;

– Truck drivers and workers in urban collective road transport and long-distance passenger transport;

– Port workers;

– Those responsible for the penitentiary system;

– Adolescents and young people aged 12 to 21 under socio-educational measures;

– Persons deprived of liberty.

Collaboration: Samuel Borges/Decom

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