Sesa and municipalities agree to vaccinate children against the flu and measles

April 13, 2022 – 5:29 p.m.
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At an extraordinary meeting of the Bilateral Inter-Management Commission (CIB-CE) held this Wednesday (13) afternoon, the state health department (SESA) and municipal health managers agreed to predict vaccination against influenza and measles in children. Six months to less than five years old. Vaccination among the public will begin next Wednesday (20) in Ceará’s 184 municipalities where inputs, structures and professionals are already able to implement this logistics.

The decision was made considering two main reasons: the risk of measles recurrence in Brazil and the rainy season in the state, which has led to an increase in the number of pediatric consultations for flu syndrome in Sierra health units, mainly in Fortaleza and the Carrefour metropolitan area. “This is an age group that is very vulnerable to climate change and we have seen heavy rainfall in the state this year. Therefore, our goal is not to wait until the beginning of May and start vaccinating these children, “argued Ricristi Gonsalves, executive secretary of surveillance and control at Sesa.

With immunobiological application against influenza, children will receive doses against measles. “There is a great federal and state solidarity for vaccinating any child, even those who have their vaccine cards up to date,” said Gunsalves. “Brazil has had low vaccine coverage in recent years and has lost its measles-free country certification,” he added.

The measles and influenza vaccine campaign begins on the 4th and will continue until the 3rd of June. Health professionals are already taking doses for both the flu and people over 60.

Sesa sent a letter to the Ministry of Health (MS) this week announcing its decision to vaccinate the children. According to an estimate by the Brazilian Institute of Geography and Statistics (IBGE), there are 540,618 people in Sierra who range in age from six months to 4 years, 11 months and 29 days.

Pediatric bed

Sesa also works on other fronts to help the municipality stop the spread of flu syndrome, rearrange pediatric beds in the state network, and create more vacancies in this profile. “We are launching a support hospital for ICU beds [Unidades de Terapia Intensiva] Pediatric hospitals, such as Sopai (Hospital Infantile Philanthropo) and Hospital Geral Dr. Waldemar Alcantara, due to some of these patients progressing to SARS (Severe Acute Respiratory Syndrome). We are also building infirmary beds to support primary and secondary care as per demand, ”said Tania Mara Coelho, Executive Secretary for Healthcare and Regional Development.

Larger sampling

Ceará (Lacen) ‘s Central Laboratory of Public Health, affiliated with Sesa, strengthens measures to prevent the spread of flu syndrome in children. Coordinating with the Sentinel Unit (which sends samples and data for surveillance to assemble viral panels in the state), the number of tests collected and sent to strengthen influenza surveillance in the CIR is being doubled.

Lacen Holy Week 2022 will continue to work all day, taking samples, analyzing and providing diagnostics for the state surveillance network. Sesa strives to train professionals and improve processes in units in the Fortaleza and Carrie metropolitan areas to make sentinels within 60 days, improving the tracking and monitoring of childhood cases of influenza.

Measles under investigation

Through the Epidemiological Surveillance Cell (Cevep), the ministry has been monitoring the situation of measles infection across the state. Six cases are under investigation, awaiting the results of the first or second collection of tests. In 2022, there were 18 suspicious notifications; Of these, 12 have already been canceled.

When there is a record of a suspected or confirmed case, a protocol is performed within 72 hours, which includes monitoring family members and people who have some contact with the patient, showing signs to prevent the spread of the virus in addition to blocking those who have not been vaccinated.

After Brazil lost its credentials as a measles-free country in 2018, Ceará has again filed for the disease. There were 19 confirmations in 2019, seven in 2020 and three more in the whole of last year.


On Tuesday (12), the Cesar Executive Secretariat for Health Surveillance and Regulation (SEVR) participated in a concerted effort to emphasize the importance of measles vaccination in preventing potential outbreaks in terms of child development and integral health damage. And health care as well as awareness-raising actions aimed at reducing psychological wear and tear, fake news and anti-vaccination movements.

In addition, the Manifesto was signed by the Brazilian Society of Immunization – CIARA Regional (SBIM), CIARA Society of Pediatrics (SOSEP), Council of Municipal Health Department of CIAR (COSEMS-CE) and Technic.

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