May 19, 2024

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Polio: how is vaccination done in Brazil?

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A recent account for Polio cases in Malawi and Israel They caught the attention of the international community because they were countries that were already considered free of the disease. Polio is a vaccine-preventable disease, and Brazil obtained certification for polio elimination in 1994. However, in recent months, we have seen a decline in polio vaccine coverage, raising the alarm about a resurgence of cases in Brazil.


Vaccination in Brazil: We need to restart our rhythm

Although high vaccination coverage rates have continued for many years and have made Brazil a world reference in vaccination, the country has seen its performance decline since 2015 and vaccine-preventable diseases, such as measles, have re-emerged in recent years.

Vaccination Coverage Schemeal in Brazil from 1994 to 2021


With epidemiological restrictions and social distancing, it has become difficult to return to previous levels of vaccination, but it is important to monitor the graph and assess that COVID-19, temporarily, was not the deciding factor for the exacerbation of vaccination scenario. The feeling of reduced risk due to the decrease in prevalence/eradication of vaccine-preventable diseases, as well as increased concern about vaccine safety, has led to decreased vaccine coverage.

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current epidemic COVID-19 Show how quickly a disease can spread and cause irreversible damage. Our country has an effective structure to vaccinate the entire population, overcome the epidemic and not face a new outbreak of diseases that have already been eliminated.

The Ministry of Health should organize procedures and services to resume vaccine coverage in a timely manner, as well as ensure infrastructure and logistics to avoid dose shortages. As citizens, we are also an active part of the process, we need to be ready to immunize and disseminate good information, fight the anti-vaccination movements.

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Arthur Faria. Unimed-BH Clinic. Specializing in Data Science (PUCMG). Specialist in Internal Medicine (HPMMG). Medicine (UFMG).


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