The city of Sao Paulo will make vaccination against yellow fever on planes this month. Bus terminals, train stations and metro stations, as well as large traffic areas in the central area, will be points for immunization.
The goal is to reach 95% of the vaccination coverage in the state capital, which now stands at 58.5%. The initiative is part of a series of actions to combat ambulances – which also include Zika virus and dengue fever – during the summer and rainfall. The vaccine remains available in all the municipal health departments.
This Saturday (10), the flight stations are in Largo do Cambuci and Faculdade Hotec, and in the central area. To receive the dose, you must have an identity document and, if possible, a vaccination card and a card from the Unified Health System (SUS).
Anyone intending to travel to the areas constituting the vaccine should receive the dose at least ten days before the date of travel. This is the time it takes for the body to produce antibodies against the disease.
Since September of last year, when the vaccination campaign began in the municipality, 6.8 million doses were administered against yellow fever.
The area with the highest coverage is the north, with 88.7% of the vaccinated population, followed by the south with 68.9%, then the west (57.6%), the east (42.6%) and the southeast (43 , 1%). The central area has the lowest coverage, with 23.2%.
In 2018, the capital recorded 13 indigenous cases (acquired in the municipality) of yellow fever, of which six resulted in death. In addition, 107 cases were recorded.
The Department of Health warns that in recent months there has been a stabilization of the disease due to low temperatures, but the trend is that new cases arise with the arrival of the summer.
He also points out that the city recorded a new epizootic (the death of a Sagui) at Anhanguera Park in the first half of September. This indicates that the virus is circulating in the capital.
The yellow fever vaccine is not indicated for children under 9 months of age, for pregnant women, for women who breastfeed for up to 6 months and for immunosuppression of any nature: cancer, HIV, immunosuppressive therapy (corticosteroids, chemotherapy, radiotherapy and immunomodulators ) or who have undergone organ transplantation. Instances of doubt should be subject to medical evaluation.
Vaccination brochures can be checked on the website of the Municipal Health Secretariat.
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