On Wednesday (03/01) Fortaleza City Council will hold the First Vaccination Hesitation Forum – joint research to expand vaccination coverage in Fortaleza. The event will be held at the premises of the Municipal Health Secretariat (SMS), from 8 am to 12 noon. Renato Kfoury, Vice President of the Brazilian Society of Immunization (SBIM) and Representative of Brazil to the Pan American Health Organization (PAHO) Network of Immunization Programs for the Americas, will attend the initiative.
The purpose of this event, which has a partnership with the Brazilian Pediatric Society (Socep), is to raise awareness of the low vaccination coverage in recent years, and to promote permanent dissemination and collaborative and integrated action by the community, with the aim of promoting awareness of the importance, safety and efficacy of vaccines.
Aimed at guests and professionals who will encourage group discussions, the meeting will bring together various actors from civil society, education, sports, social assistance, universities, churches and health professionals from the public and private sectors.
The event will also discuss strengthening measures to ensure the immunization of children and adolescents in the capital and stimulating joint decision-making.
One of the largest participations in the event was the presence of Dr. Renato Kfoury, MD, is a pediatrician who currently represents Brazil in the Pan American Health Organization (PAHO) Immunization Program Network for the Americas. On this occasion, the specialist will give a lecture on “The Impact of Health Professionals’ Hesitation on Vaccines Statement”.
According to Coordinator of Health Education, Education, Research and Special Programs and Head of Socep, Anamaria Cavalcante e Silva, despite the global benefits of immunization, reluctance to vaccinate is universal and has been associated with the resurgence of vaccine-preventable diseases. “We need to unite efforts to share knowledge and spread the importance of vaccination, in order to change this behavior regarding vaccines, which without any doubt save lives. And it has changed the epidemiological picture and mortality in Brazil,” he says.
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The coordinator of immunization in Fortaleza, Vanessa Soldatelli, states that in recent years Brazil has seen an alarming decrease in vaccination coverage for its children, including in the capital, Ceará. “The only way to avoid relapses is to unconditionally support and strengthen the vaccination measures proposed by the National Immunization Program (PNI),” he highlights.
“It is imperative that professionals and society commit to combating fake news that is spread without any scientific basis. He stresses that traditional media has been an ally in the struggle and awareness for better health.
In 2022, vaccination rates in Fortaleza will reach 59% to 82%, in average coverage of the main vaccines offered in the childhood immunization schedule (BCG, pentavalent, DTP, polio and troika virus).
Vaccination coverage for children under 1 year of age – 2022 (from January to December)
Hepatitis B – 70.42%
Meningococcus Conj. C – 73.84%
BCG – 82.76%
Rotavirus by 72.59%
polio – 71.11%
pneumococci – 76.24%
pentavalent – 70.42%
Vaccination coverage for children over 1 year of age – 2022 (January to December)
Triple virus (D1) – 79.47%
Triple virus (D2) 59.43%
Polio (VOP/VIP) 1 REF – 69%
Ref DTP – 69.85%
chickenpox – 70%
Hepatitis A – 70.64%
Meningococcus Conj. C (less than a year) 76.62%
I Hesitação em Vacinas Forum – Joint research to expand vaccination coverage in Fortaleza
Date: 01/03 (Wednesday)
Working hours: from 8 am to 12 noon
Location: SMS Headquarters (Rua Barao do Rio Branco, 910 – Downtown)
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