Semsa discloses changes in child and adult vaccination schedule

The changes aim to strengthen individual and collective measures of protection against preventable diseases.
04/04/2017 09h43 - Updated 4/04/2017 10h59
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The Municipal Health (Sems) will adopt, from now on, a new vaccination schedule, mainly changing the recommended ages for immunization of MMR vaccines, tetra viral, dTpa adulto, The Hepatitis C and meningococcus.

The new scheme follows the recommendations of the National Vaccination Policy, according to the Ministry of Health, It aims to increase the protection of the population against vaccine-preventable diseases, in addition to maintaining the elimination of measles and rubella and prevent further contamination by mumps and whooping cough, between adults and children.

The municipal secretary of Health, Homero de Miranda Neto Lion, He explains that the new vaccination schedule establish vaccination strategies for children, teenagers, Adults, elderly and indigenous population, with specific vaccines for each group. "The changes reinforce the individual and collective protection measures against preventable diseases, considering the current epidemiological profile of the population and regional specificities ", highlighted.

The new scheme provides that the Hepatitis A, before applied in a maximum of children 2 years old, becomes available for children under 5 years (up until 4 years, 11 months and 29 days), e a Tetra Viral (measles, mumps, rubella and chickenpox), that was also only indicated to the 2 years, shall be offered for children 15 months to 4 years.

A dose HPV, that since 2014 It had been offered to girls 9 a 13 years, will now include girls as young as 14 years and boys 12 e 13 years old. Besides that, remain available for men and women living with HIV in 9 e 26 years, They are applied in places where they perform monitoring.

Meningococcal C becomes available for adolescents 12 e 13 years, with booster immunization schedule of a single dose or, as the vaccination status of each.

To ensure that babies are born already protected against pertussis antibody account transferred by the mother, Adult Tdap vaccine (diphtheria, tetanus and pertussis) It happens to be recommended for pregnant women from the 20th week, with women who have lost the opportunity to be vaccinated during pregnancy should receive the dose during the postpartum period (up until 40 days postpartum).

Considering mumps outbreaks recorded in recent years in the country, especially among adolescents and young adults, the MMR (measles, mumps and rubella) You have a second dose for the population of 20 a 29 years, extending the previous maximum age, which was 19 years.

The introduction of changes in municipal health network is being coordinated by the Division of Environmental and Epidemiological Surveillance (Drugs) to Danny, that maintains an ongoing dialogue with the National Immunization Program (PNI), linked to the Department of Health Surveillance MS.

The secretary emphasized that historically the vaccination schedules are proposed in to meet different needs, based on epidemiological situation, changes in indications of vaccines or incorporation of other vaccines, and that, in this case, the focus was the need to change the age to enlarge the protection of results.

Homer Leo Miranda says, still, that vaccination coverage rates in Manaus have been high in all age groups, what to, in much of the permanent supply of the vaccine in the network of basic units and annual campaigns, such as influenza and polio. "Consistently we achieved our goals and we want to keep these good results. For this, We expect public attention to the changes, remembering that health facilities are prepared for the new vaccine schedule ".

All vaccines recommended in the National Vaccination Calendar, BCG exception with, They are available in 182 vaccines rooms in the city of Manaus, every day of the week, in the health unit opening hours.

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