The dengue vaccine will be destined for 12 municipalities in Amazonas
Manaus (AM) — The Amazonas Health Surveillance Foundation – Dr. Rosemary Costa Pinto (FVS-RCP), from the State Department of Health of Amazonas, received, this Saturday (10), 78,760 doses of the dengue vaccine, sent by the Ministry of Health, as a complementary strategy to combat dengue.
The dengue vaccine will be destined for 12 municipalities in Amazonas: Manaus, Iranduba, Presidente Figueiredo, Rio Preto da Eva, Barcelos, São Gabriel da Cachoeira, Careiro, Nova Olinda do Norte, Manaquiri, Santa Isabel do Rio Negro, Autazes and Careiro from Várzea.
These municipalities are part of the Manaus region, surrounding areas and Alto Rio Negro, a health area that is subject to analysis by the Ministry of Health team to receive doses. In this first stage, children aged 10 and 11 will be vaccinated. The vaccination schedule will consist of two doses, with an interval of three months between them.
According to the director-president of FVS-RCP, Tatyana Amorim, the arrival of the vaccine strengthens Amazonas’ response to combating dengue and works as a complementary action to preventive measures against the disease, emphasizing the elimination of breeding sites for the Aedes aegypti mosquito, which transmits of arboviruses, such as dengue.
“Amazonas is the first state in the northern region to receive a shipment of doses of the Qdenga vaccine, to prevent dengue fever. Even with the vaccine, we need to reinforce measures within our homes, which refer to mosquito control, such as avoiding standing water and leaving reservoirs closed. The vaccine has arrived to be another way of preventing,”
highlights the CEO of FVS-RCP, Tatyana Amorim.
The dengue vaccine received corresponds to the first dose of the vaccination schedule, as detailed by the person responsible for epidemiological surveillance at FVS-RCP, Alexsandro Melo.
“We will use the vaccines, in full, for the municipalities that were listed according to the criteria of the Ministry of Health. We have already contacted the municipalities. This vaccine will help us face the dengue situation that also occurs across the country”,
The distribution of vaccine doses will be carried out, starting on Thursday (15/02), by scheduling the Municipal Health Departments with the FVS-RCP through the Immunization Management.
The municipalities, which are responsible for operationalizing the vaccination campaign, will determine the start of vaccination in municipal territories. The incorporation of the dengue vaccine into the Unified Health System (SUS) was made official in December 2023.
The most effective strategy for preventing dengue is to prevent the Aedes aegypti mosquito, the disease’s vector, from reproducing. Eliminating breeding sites includes avoiding standing water in old tires, plant pots, empty bottles and plastic containers.
Keeping backyards and areas around houses clean and free of debris is also strategic to reduce mosquito breeding sites. The FVS-RCP also recommends the strategy of inspecting the residential or professional space every week, in ten minutes, to eliminate breeding sites.
*With information from consultancy
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