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National campaign wants to vaccinate 24.1 million people against influenza

Target represents 80% of the target set by the folder, which includes seniors from 60 years, children and pregnant

 
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Alexandre Padilha, Health Minister Jarbas Barbosa, secretary of the National Health Surveillance and authorities in launching the 14th national vaccination campaign against influenza.
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Alexandre Padilha, Health Minister Jarbas Barbosa, secretary of the National Health Surveillance and authorities in launching the 14th national vaccination campaign against influenza.

The Ministry of Health announced today (24) the goal to immunize 24.1 million people around the country during the National Vaccination Campaign against influenza, scheduled for the period 5-25 May. The dose will also protect against influenza A (H1N1) swine flu.

The target represents 80% of the target set by the folder, which includes seniors from 60 years (20.5 million), children between 6 months and 2 years (4.3 million), pregnant at any time during pregnancy (2 , 1 million), indigenous peoples (586,000) and health workers (2.4 million).

About 500,000 prisoners should also receive the vaccine. This is the first time the group will be immunized during the campaign. Besides doses against influenza, inmates will receive protection against hepatitis B, diphtheria, tetanus adult type, measles, mumps, rubella and yellow fever.

Children who are vaccinated should first take two doses at an interval of 30 days. Those who have already received one or two doses of the vaccine last year will receive only one this year. The other groups should take a single dose.

Altogether, 65 000 jobs and 240 000 health professionals throughout the country will distribute the doses. 27,000 vehicles will use land, sea and river. The date of May 5th is the day of national mobilization, in which the clinics will run from 8 to 17h.

The expectation, according to the Secretary of Health Surveillance, Jarbas Barbosa, is a high turnout of the local population to vaccination. He said the ministry has invested R $ 260.3 million for 33.9 million doses.

Jarbas reminded that the vaccine protects against three strains (subtypes) of viruses that circulated in the country over the previous year, as recommended by the World Health Organization (WHO). The Secretary stressed that the vaccine is safe and no risk of contracting any type of flu. This is urban legend, said.

Adverse reactions, according to Jarbas, are mild and include pain or tenderness at the injection site. Only people with severe allergy to egg protein should consult a doctor before being immunized.

The Health Minister, Alexandre Padilha, explained that two major holidays this year led the campaign to start a little later. He assured, however, that immunization will be made within the time required to protect the audience.

According to Padilla, although not the entire population receive the dose vaccination of specific groups allows breakage of the transmission chain ends and protecting the remainder of people.

In 2011, according to data from the ministry, 25.134 million people were vaccinated 84% of the target set. In the same period, there was a 64% reduction in deaths caused by influenza virus H1N1. In all, 53 deaths were confirmed. Also last year, a drop of 44% in severe cases of the disease, which totaled 5230.

Source: AGÊNCIA BRASIL
   Palavras-chave:   Influenza    Ministry of Health    Immunization    H1N1    Influenza   
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