D-Day of vaccination against measles is Saturday (15/02)

The target audience is children and youth 5 a 19 years that have not been immunized against the disease.
14/02/2020 16h03 - Updated 14/02/2020 19h09

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The D Day national mobilization against measles takes place this Saturday (15/02), statewide, with care in Basic Health Units (UBS) the municipal. The target audience is children and youth 5 a 19 years that have not been immunized against the disease. Parents and guardians of children with this profile should seek the location nearest vaccination home.

According to State Coordination of the National Vaccination Program (PNI) all local health departments are stocked with vaccine doses. The vaccination campaign against measles will last until March 13 March, and "D-Day" Saturday is another day to boost immunization.

"We are trying to rescue, with this campaign, exactly those people who have not yet taken the first dose or the second dose. Especially because this age group (5-19 years) It is to schedule two doses of vaccine. One thing we can not forget is that this vaccine is daily in all Basic Health Units and is part of the basic vaccination schedule for our children ", said the state coordinator of the PNI, Izabel Nascimento.

The Amazon is a year without registering cases of measles. The last was in January last year. Throughout the year 2019, were four cases of measles, including three in Manaus and one in Coari. In 2018, the state recorded 9.809 confirmed cases 50 cities.

Unlike other regions of the country that are experiencing outbreak, Izabel reports that Amazon was able to control measles immunization reinforcing actions. She explains that, even without cases for over a year, care for vaccination must continue.

"In 2018 we had one measles outbreak and did an excellent job, in which many people imunizamos. E, in the year of 2019, We continue doing this work. But we need to continue vaccinating. All our state of UBS have the vaccine and are prepared to meet the population ", said the coordinator.

No second semester, It takes place the second stage of the national campaign of MMR. From 3 a 31 of August, people aged 30 e 59 years will be vaccinated against the disease; e, no dia 22 of August, It happens D Day national mobilization.

What is measles?
Measles is a serious infectious disease, caused by a virus. It is highly contagious. It is transmitted when the patient coughs, speaks, sneezes or breathes around other people. The only way to prevent measles is by vaccination.

Izabel Nascimento alert to the similarity of the symptoms of measles with diseases typical of this time of year and which have red spots on body, as dengue. The state coordinator of immunization reinforced the need to look for the nearest UBS to obtain the correct diagnosis.

Symptoms of measles are: cough accompanied by fever, eye irritation, runny or stuffy nose, dis-ease intense. Around 3 a 5 days, may appear other signs and symptoms, as red spots on the face and behind the ears, then, spread around the body.

After the appearance of the spots, a persistent fever is a warning sign and may indicate severity, especially in children under 5 years old.

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