Ministry of Health warns of importance of vaccination to prevent measles

The municipal health network has a wide range of immunobiologicals and carries out an evaluation of the vaccination card in all the vaccination rooms located in the family health units (USF) to update the prevention and immunization of the population of Pesso, of all audiences: children, adolescents, adults and the elderly. Call and special attention is also given to MMR, which prevents measles, mumps and rubella, which are highly contagious diseases.

MMR should be given in two doses, the first at 12 months of age and the second at 15 months of age. After two weeks of application, the protection begins and the effect should last a lifetime. Older children, adolescents and adults up to 29 years old who are not vaccinated or have no evidence of applied doses also take two doses with an interval of one to two months.

For people between the ages of 30 and 59 without proof of the vaccine and who have not had the diseases, take the vaccine in a single dose. Healthcare professionals, regardless of age, must prove two doses.

Fernando Virgolino, head of the vaccination section of the municipality of João Pessoa, explains the importance of vaccination as a strong and effective preventive measure. “Measles is an extremely contagious infectious disease and can be serious. The vaccine is the only way to prevent the recirculation and spread of the disease, which can lead to complications and death. Parents should be aware of the importance of completing their children’s vaccination schedule with both doses,” he said.

The vaccine is available in all Family Health Units (USF), municipal polyclinics and at the Municipal Vaccination Center, located in the Torre neighborhood. “The circulation of the virus endangers, above all, children under the age of one, who have not yet been vaccinated against the disease, hence the importance of keeping the vaccination record up to date, whatever its size. age,” added Fernando. Virgin

Contraindication – The vaccine is not recommended for pregnant women, people with diseases that affect the immune system, such as HIV or cancer, for example, and people with a history of allergy to neomycin or to any of the components of the formula.

case – According to data from the Information System on Epidemiological Surveillance of Notifiable Diseases (Sinan-Net), in 2019, 89 suspected cases and 20 confirmed cases of measles were registered in João Pessoa. In 2020, there were 5 suspected cases and 1 confirmed.

In 2016, Brazil was awarded the “measles-free country” seal, and in 2018 it returned to current cases of the disease and the virus continues to circulate to this day. According to the World Health Organization (WHO), in 2019 the disease reached the highest number of reported cases in 23 years worldwide. In 2020, more than 8,400 cases were recorded in Brazil.

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