Measles and flu vaccination coverage falls far short of target in Paraíba

Measles and flu vaccination campaigns indicate low uptake by target audiences in Paraíba, according to data released by the State Department of Health (SES) this Thursday (19). The mobilizations began on April 4 and continue until June 3. The goal 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 the groups covered have received the flu vaccine..

Vaccination coverage against influenza, by municipality, has low support from 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 can be the result of a weak adhesion of the population or of a delay in the recording of the doses, we address ourselves not only to the population, but also to the municipal managers, so that they regulate the entering information into the system,” explains the secretary.

“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,” warned Renata Nóbrega.

Regarding measles vaccination, SES reports that between May 9 and May 16, 41 municipalities recorded no change in data for any public; 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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