AC vaccination coverage for children is low, and experts warn against serious cases

Even in the hospitalization of children with severe respiratory syndrome and an increase in deaths from the disease, Acre has registered low vaccination coverage in the campaign against influenza and against Covid-19 among children. Therefore, infectious specialist Thor Dantas has created a warning on social media about the importance of a complete immunization schedule, especially for children and the elderly, to avoid serious cases of respiratory disease.

Nine babies have died in less than two months, according to the Acre Health Department. The problem is the lack of a hospital structure for the care of children. Faced with this scenario, the state government has formed an emergency committee to monitor the outbreak.

In a video posted on social media, infectious disease experts recall that the state is experiencing a period of respiratory viruses, which are seasonal, and say that Covid-19 has shown this same behavior, appearing on waves “from time to time.”

“We are seeing a lot of serious cases now due to a combination of many factors. We were protected for a long time in the epidemic, wearing a mask and avoiding close contact with each other and this protected us from Kovid-19 and other respiratory infections. We reached a balance, so everyone went back to normal activities, school, work, took off their masks. So, when the respiratory virus was common, we had a rapid increase in this infection, ”he assessed.

He explained that children and adults are most affected by this infection and can quickly progress to more serious situations. So the importance of vaccination.

“There is a vaccine for these two viruses, influenza virus and covid. Many people did not take the complete Covid scheme. The number starts to decrease, and the person takes the first dose and misses the second dose. Many people did not take the booster. Keep in mind that after a while, four months after the last dose of the initial rule, you must take a booster. This is a good time for those who have not fully complied with the rules or the booster, go and see the vaccine card and pick it up, “he warned.

AC experts warn of the importance of immunizations in severe cases of respiratory disease – Photo: Reproduction

The expert further emphasized that the flu vaccine should be taken every year and explained that it is updated according to the mutations of the virus. This year, for example, the H1N1 virus, in addition to the H3N2 vaccine fight.

“Vaccination of children and the elderly is fundamental against covid and flu. There is no vaccine for other viruses and we need to take general care with everyone who has a respiratory infection. This is especially true for children and the elderly, who are more prone to flu and colds and coughs. ”

Data show that less than 12% of children between the ages of 5 and 11 have received a second dose of Covid-19 in AC – Photo: Arquivo / Semsa

Vaccine coverage for children

According to information from Sesacre, about vaccination against Kovid-19, The goal is to vaccinate 120,654 children between the ages of 5 and 11Still, Only 46,714 took the first dose, representing 38.72%, and 14,035 took the second dose, or 11.63% of the population.

This low rate is also registered in the campaign against influenza. The latest bulletin data, published this Tuesday (14), updated as of June 9, shows that less than 20% of children aged 6 months to 5 years have been vaccinated. In all, 72,297 children of this age were expected and only 14,233 received the flu vaccine.

Vaccines with MMR, which prevent measles, mumps and rubella, are also well below target. Of the total 76,759 children under the age of 6 months, only 15,684 were taken by their parents for vaccination, according to the data. The number represents only 20.43% coverage.

Renata Quills, nucleus manager of the National Immunization Program (PNI) in Acre, also spoke about the favorable time of year for the transmission of respiratory viruses such as Covid-19, influenza and measles, and warned of the need for vaccination.

“The respiratory syncytial virus is the most common flu virus and it has gained strength in recent months due to the low vaccine coverage of several vaccines. And we can achieve this only through preventive measures: frequent hand washing, healthy eating, healthy living habits and basic. Up to date vaccination schedule. We cannot control climate, but we can take measures to reduce the transmission of virus in our home. “For example, maintaining good air circulation and frequent cleaning of the environment. Diseases are always around us, it is up to us to make their transmission difficult,” he said.

Flu case guidelines

In the case of children and adults with respiratory infections, experts recommend using symptomatic medications to relieve pain, fever, and nasal symptoms, as well as maintaining hydration to prevent complications.

“It is very important to observe the evolution of the case, if it develops with symptoms of improvement or deterioration. Children who cannot eat at home, those who are very depressed, those who do not respond, those who are very calm, have difficulty breathing, this is a sign of seriousness. If there are any signs that they are not improving well, they should seek immediate medical attention before the condition worsens, “he added.

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