3 out of 10 children in Brazil have not received life-saving vaccines, UNICEF has warned

The last few years have illustrated the importance of vaccines for the health of the world’s population. The most recent example is the action of immunizers against Covid-19, to stop the epidemic and to prevent serious infections. The United Nations Children’s Fund (UNIFEC) issued a warning for the country in the last week of April. Children get vaccinated Against measles, mumps and rubella (triple viral D1) and polio. 3 out of 10 children did not receive the vaccines needed to protect against potentially deadly diseases, according to data from DataSas, a Unified Health Services service.

According to the statement, In just three years, the triple viral D1 vaccination rate in Brazil has dropped by 21.61%. In 2019, 93.1% of the group aimed to receive immunizations received doses, a percentage that dropped to 71.49% in 2022. Data is universal and includes data services in the services of Datasus, Unified Health Systems.

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Number of doses applied per country (D1 viral triple) per year:

  • 2018 – 2,643,322 doses
  • 2019 – 2,722,258 doses
  • 2020 – 2,326,409 doses
  • 2021 – 2,072,920 doses
  • Year 2022 – 145,786 doses

In addition, vaccine coverage againstOleomyelitis It has come down from 84.2% in 2019 to 67.7% in 2021.

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Number of doses (poliomyelitis) applied in the country every year:

  • 2018 – 2,555,836 doses
  • 2019 – 2,461,162 doses
  • 2020 – 2,223,861 doses
  • 2021 – 1,968,758 doses
  • 2022 – 150,757 doses

Stephanie Amaral, UNICEF’s health officer in Brazil, says children are vaccinated against at least 18 diseases during childhood. “Decreased immunization rates have put millions of children and adolescents at risk for dangerous and preventable diseases,” he explained.

The more children do not have access to the vaccine, the easier it is to spread the disease. In a note, UNICEF said that communities that do not fully vaccinate their residents could promote outbreaks in different parts of the world and the return of eradicated diseases in several countries.

“In Brazil, regular immunizations for children under 5 have been declining since 2015. And the epidemic has certainly contributed to the problem. To counteract this, it is important to strengthen immunization programs and health systems and encourage families to vaccinate their children, “added Stephanie in an article published by UNICEF.

Gene Goff, UNICEF’s regional director for Latin America and the Caribbean, said in a fundraising release that countries need to take immediate action to reduce coverage rates as they recover from the epidemic, as a resurgence of disease outbreaks poses a serious risk to society. Roughly.

“This is an opportunity to restructure primary health care and strengthen integral and community systems that bring vaccines to the most vulnerable populations. We must not lose sight of the efforts of the last few decades and allow dangerous diseases to threaten the lives of children. ”


In the case of state data on coverage of immunization of children with the triple viral D1 vaccine, the rates are positive. In 2018 and 2019, vaccination coverage exceeded the expectations of the Ministry of Health, 111.46% and 103.02%, respectively.

In the following years, a decrease of 38.97 percentage points is possible. Vaccination coverage was 90.30% in 2020 and 72.49% in 2021. According to DataSUS data, as of May 5, 2022, Ceará vaccinated 10.75% of children with the first dose of immunizer.

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The number of doses (D1 viral triple) applied to the cervix, per year:

  • 2018 – 140,540 doses
  • 2019 – 131,655 doses
  • 2020 – 115,405 doses
  • 2021 – 93,643 doses
  • 2022 – 5,347 doses

Related to poliomyelitis and state data, vaccination coverage of children in 2018 and 2019, current levels of excellence, 111.08% and 93.54%, respectively. As in the example quoted above, vaccination rates begin to decline. In subsequent years, we may see a drop of 39.58 percentage points. In 2020, it was 86.85% of vaccine coverage, and in 2021 it was 71.50%. As of May 5, 2022, 11.62% of the target audience had been vaccinated with the first dose of Ciara Immunizer.

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Dosage (poliomyelitis) applied to the scalp every year:

  • 2018 – 140,051 doses
  • 2019 – 119,542 doses
  • 2020 – 110,987 doses
  • 2021 – 92,362 doses
  • Year 2022 – 5,805 doses

According to physician and immunologist Cicero Inacio, in the last 2 years, with epidemics and social isolation, the population has become more isolated and has stopped seeking health care. “Besides, only Kovid-19 has been given focus by the governments. We will definitely have some wave of other diseases that can be prevented and vaccinated and / or prevented by eradicating mosquito outbreaks, ”he said.

* Brazilian data collected until May 5, 2022, of the National Immunization Program (PNI), Ministry of Health.

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