City launches meningitis vaccination program

The Guarulhos Health Department began vaccination with the Meningococcal C (conjugate) vaccine last Wednesday (23). The program will continue until July in all UBS (Basic Health Units) in the city. According to the town hall, it is essential, at this time, to look for unvaccinated children and adolescents up to ten years old to take the dose against meningitis, given the importance of vaccination in this age group. Even though the age group most at risk of disease is children under the age of one, adolescents and young adults bear the main responsibility for maintaining the circulation of disease in society.

Vaccination is also important in the face of the scenario of low vaccination coverage, observed from 2016, a situation that worsened from 2020 with the covid-19 pandemic due to the population’s fear of seeking health services. to update the immunization schedule.

This vaccinating agent was implemented in the routine of young people in 2010 and is available in the National Vaccination Calendar for the following groups: children under five years old, administered according to a two-dose schedule at three and five months, and a booster dose, preferably when the child is one year old.

In addition, for children who for some reason have lost the possibility of receiving the vaccine at the indicated ages, it is possible to administer a dose until the age of four.

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