Only 63% of children in the state of Amazonas are vaccinated against poliomyelitis, which causes infantile paralysis. The alert comes from the Health Surveillance Foundation, which reinforces the importance of vaccination and stresses that vaccine doses against the disease are available at basic health units in the state.
This rate is far below the World Health Organization’s 95% vaccination rate to prevent the disease. Recalling that the poliomyelitis vaccine is applied to children under five, in three doses, plus two boosters, as established in the national calendar.
The WHO warns that in February this year, the first recent case of poliomyelitis was recorded in Malawi, in southeastern Africa, due to low vaccination coverage there.
The situation raises the alert for the care of fathers and mothers with the national vaccination schedule, since most vaccines are administered in childhood. Therefore, the Ministry of Health reinforces the importance of the population in finding health posts to keep the vaccination card up to date.
In addition to poliomyelitis, measles is another serious disease that requires the attention of parents and guardians. To protect children and adolescents against measles, it is recommended to take two doses of the vaccine, the first at 12 months and the second Monday dose at 15 months.
In some parts of the country, the vaccination schedule also includes vaccination against yellow fever, which must take place at the age of 9 months, with a booster dose at the age of four years. People from the age of five, who have never been vaccinated, should only receive a single dose to guarantee protection against the disease for life.