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Measles: 20- to 29-year-olds new target for vaccination campaign



The second phase of the measles vaccination campaign begins on Monday (18), focusing on young adults aged 20 to 29 years. The goal is for this target group to take two doses of the triple viral vaccine (mumps, rubella and measles) at least 30 days apart. To get immunized just go to one of the UBS (Basic Health Units) of the city to update the booklet.

If you have no proof of vaccination, you should receive the first dose of the vaccine during the campaign and the second will be scheduled. Those who have received only the first dose of the triple viral throughout their lifetime will receive the second dose during the campaign. It is necessary to bring the vaccination booklet for the health professional to assess the vaccination situation.

D-Day will be on the last Saturday of November, the 30th, when health posts and flying stations will be open for vaccination.

In the first phase of the campaign were vaccinated 400,000 children in the range of 6 months to 4 years, 11 months and 29 days. Another three steps will take place in 2020. The goal is to vaccinate 2.6 million priority-range children and 13.6 million adults. Not yet defined date, will be contemplated people from 5 to 19 years, from 30 to 49 years and from 50 to 59 years.

In 2018, the coverage of the vaccine against the disease was 97.06% (first dose) and 44% (second dose) in São Paulo. This year, with the intensification of campaigns, coverage of the triple vaccine in the city exceeded the estimated number for the first dose (at 12 months of age) reaching 102.3%. For the second dose (at 15 months of age), coverage reached 86%.

This year, until November 7, 10,429 measles cases were confirmed in the country and 15 deaths, with the state of São Paulo accounting for 90.5% of infections (5,123), followed by Paraná (227).

2nd phase of the national measles vaccination campaign

Immunization of young adults

• From November 18th to 30th
• Target audience: 20-29 years old
• D-Day: November 30th

Next step

• By 2020
• Audience: 5 to 19 years, 30 to 49 years and 50 to 59 years

People in these groups must go to the UBSs with the vaccination card to be updated.

Vaccine Restrictions

Pregnant women and immunosuppressed patients (people with low immunity, transplanted or undergoing cancer treatment) should evaluate with their doctors if they can or should take the dose.

About measles

What is measles

A highly transmissible acute viral disease. It can give complications such as acute otitis media, bacterial pneumonia, laryngitis and laryngotracheitis, heart disease, and even killing.

How is it transmitted

By speaking, coughing or sneezing, by air.

Symptoms

High fever, malaise, runny nose, conjunctivitis, cough and lack of appetite. Then red spots appear on the skin, which is the biggest feature of the disease. Up to 18 people can be infected by a single measles patient.

Source: Ministry of Health and State Secretariat of Health of SP


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