The Ministry of Health issued a warning that the population will be vaccinated against yellow fever before the beginning of summer, the period of the greatest risk of disease transmission. In Piauí, vaccination against this disease meets around 70% of the goals set by the Ministry, which is 95% of vaccine coverage. The director of the State Health Care and Vigilance, Herlon Guimaraes, requested that people attend health posts in the state.
The director informed in an interview to the Piauí newspaper that there were no cities in Piauí at risk, but that those who would travel to risk areas had to be vaccinated. Priority communities are babies from nine months and ask parents or guardians not to fail to comply with the vaccine table. He said this vaccine is available throughout the year.
"Our work is actually preventive and we have to reach out to the population and say: the goals to be achieved are 95% and Piauí with more than 70% of this target. So we have to draw the attention of the population to start looking for health posts," said Hérlon Guimaraes.
The director also reminded the importance of vaccines for those who will travel. "We even registered through the Ministry of Health bulletin, which went to São Paulo, Minas Gerais, Bahia, which stated that viruses were circulating, which needed to be immunized. So we must have this concern and people must take the vaccine at least ten days before, because the body will only show the efficacy of the vaccine, it will only produce antibodies after that time. "
According to the Ministry of Health, warnings are given because recently affected areas and large populations, such as the Rio de Janeiro metropolitan area, Minas Gerias and São Paulo, still have a large number of unvaccinated people, that is, at risk of becoming ill.
Still according to MS, this disease has a high mortality rate, around 40%, which makes the situation more serious. "We know that Brazil has circulating viruses and MS Bulletin itself has made this warning for cases of death and the onset of disease," he said.
Since the outbreak recorded in December 2017, vaccination for yellow fever has been expanded to 4,469 municipalities. This is due to the entry of 940 cities located mainly in the capital and metropolitan areas of the Southeast and South of Brazil, where there is evidence of viral circulation. Vaccination coverage must be at least 95% of the population.
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