The Brazil Ministry of Health has launched a yellow fever vaccine campaign Friday, “Information for all and vaccine for those who need it”, as the outbreak in several states continue in the South American country, according to the Feb. 10 news release (computer translated).

Aedes aegypti/CDC
Aedes aegypti/CDC

Health officials, in an effort to clarify who needs to be vaccinated and to explain that there is at present no need for general vaccination of the whole population said initially, the campaign will be directed to the states of Rio Janeiro, Espírito Santo, Bahia and Minas Gerais, lasting a month. After that, it should be extended to other states.

The information will be disseminated in TV and radio spots, social media, billboards as well as forwarding information in messages applications such as WhatsApp to residents of risk regions. Posters and leaflets will also be available to states or municipalities that wish to reproduce this material.

Routine vaccination is recommended and offered in 19 states of the country. In addition, the need to vaccinate people who travel or live in the regions registering cases of the yellow fever: east of Minas Gerais, west of Espírito Santo, west of Bahia, and northwest of Rio de Janeiro which is located on the border with areas who have recorded cases.

Travelers who go to an area recommended for vaccination – both foreign and Brazilian – and who have not completed the two-dose regimen, recommend that they be vaccinated at least ten days before travel, which is the time that the person It takes to create antibodies and to be properly protected.

Through Friday, Brazil has recorded 230 confirmed yellow fever cases, including 79 confirmed yellow fever-related deaths. The states of Minas Gerais, Espírito Santo, São Paulo, Bahia, Rio Grande do Norte and Tocantins have cases under investigation.