The Brazil Ministry of Health (computer translated) will be extended yellow fever vaccination to the whole country we learned today.
According to Health Minister, Ricardo Barros, vaccinations, which have already started in several states, will be gradual until the whole population is vaccinated by April 2019.
“We are acting in advance by establishing a schedule to vaccinate the entire Brazilian population. It is an action of prevention, not of emergency. We will seek the necessary mechanisms to vaccinate all Brazilians who are not yet immunized within the adequate coverage for each of these areas. Let’s do it as a precaution, because the best way to avoid the disease is to vaccinate the population, “said Minister Ricardo Barros.
The states of São Paulo, Rio de Janeiro and Bahia are the first to extend vaccination, which began this year to all municipalities. Only these three states will continue to vaccinate the population with the fractionated dose following the Yellow Fever Vaccine Fractionation Campaign this year.
Then, in July this year, the states of Paraná, Santa Catarina and Rio Grande do Sul will adopt the standard vaccine in all municipalities for an additional 11.3 million people. In January 2019, the Northeastern states begin vaccination of the standard dose. The states of Piauí, Paraíba, Pernambuco, Ceará, Alagoas and Sergipe and Rio Grande do Norte will total 25.3 million people. The state of Maranhão does not enter this measure because it is already considered an area with a vaccine recommendation, that is, the yellow fever vaccine is part of the routine of the state.
By April 2019, 1,586 new municipalities will be included as areas with vaccine recommendation, reaching 100% of the national territory.
To meet the country’s demand in the coming years, the Ministry of Health asked the laboratory producing the yellow fever vaccine, Bio-Manguinhos / Fiocruz, an increase in doses for the vaccination routine of 2019.
Between July 1, 2017 and March 13, 2018, 920 cases of yellow fever were confirmed in the country, of which 300 died.