The multivaccination campaigns and against polio and measles end on Thursday



The Secretariat stresses that the campaigns aim to increase vaccination coverage, which is low this year

By Heitor Carvalho

27 Oct 2020 at 6:01 pm • Last updated 27 Oct 2020 at 6:06 pm

The vaccination campaigns against polio, measles and multivaccination conducted by the city of Hortolândia end on Thursday (29), due to the public servants’ holiday, which was moved from the 28th to the 30th of this month.

Vaccines are available from the city’s Basic Health Units (UBS). The polio vaccination campaign is for children between the ages of 1 and 4. So far, according to the epidemiological surveillance of the Department of Health, the municipality has already immunized 4,345 children.

According to this year’s data from the Ministry of Health’s National Immunization Program (PNI), coverage is 38 percent. The estimated population of children aged 1 to 4 in the municipality is 11,264.


Since measles is rapidly contagious, the Department of Health reinforces the orientation that those who have not yet received immunization seek the nearest UBS Photo:

The measles campaign has two target groups: the population aged between six months and 29 years and that between 30 and 49 years.

Because measles is rapidly contagious, the Department of Health strengthens the guidance that those who have not yet received immunization seek the nearest UBS to home to be evaluated if they need to get the vaccine.

Babies should take two valid doses of the measles vaccine, the first at 12 months and the second at 15 months. Epidemiological Surveillance recommends that it is important for infants 6 to 11 months to receive zero dose. Adults, on the other hand, must have at least two doses noted on the vaccination card.

According to information on the website of the Ministry of Health, measles is a serious infectious disease, caused by a virus, which can be fatal. Transmission occurs when the patient coughs, talks, sneezes, or breathes near other people. The only way to prevent measles is through the vaccine. Symptoms of the disease include fever accompanied by cough, eye irritation, runny or stuffy nose and severe malaise.


The campaign also aims to update the vaccination card for children and adolescents under the age of 15 – Photo: disclosure

Along with vaccination against polio and measles, the City is conducting a multivaccination campaign to update the vaccine portfolio for children and adolescents under the age of 15.

According to the Department of Health, 1,442 children under the age of 1 have already participated in the campaign, of which 594 have taken outdated or missing vaccines from their portfolio.

From the age group 5 to 14, 2,644 children and adolescents participated in the campaign, of which 1,466 carried missing or obsolete vaccines in their portfolios.


The Department of Health points out that the campaigns aim to increase the vaccination coverage of children and adolescents in the municipality, which this year is low due to the coronavirus (Covid-19) pandemic.

For those who are afraid of bringing children and teenagers to get the vaccine, the municipality of Hortolândia makes it clear that UBS follows health protocols to prevent the spread of the pandemic. Among the measures taken is to keep the distance of two meters in line between people.

Also queuing up is screening for symptomatic respiratory patients. When the presence of these patients is verified, they will not receive the vaccine and will be sent to the Respiratory Unit, attached to UPA-24h (Emergency Unit) Nova Hortolândia, for medical evaluation.

UBS employees wear PPE (personal protective equipment). They also intensify hygiene measures, such as hand washing and the use of alcohol gels.

Due to the fact that UBS Nova Hortolândia is occupied with the Respiratory Unit, the residents of this region must bring their children and adolescents to receive vaccines at the Emeief (Municipal School of Early Childhood and Elementary Education) “João Carlos do Amaral Soares “, based in Rua José Martim dos Anjos, 55 years old. Hours are from Monday to Friday, from 7:00 to 16:30.

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