Dengue vaccine – Photo – Disclosure
With the aim of guiding health professionals and the population of Tocantins regarding the importance of immunization, the State Department of Health (SES-TO) received on Thursday, 1st, from the Ministry of Health (MS), the Operational Technical Report of the Dengue Vaccination Strategy in 2024. The document provides guidelines for organizing the immunization process, based on the incorporation of the immunizer into the Unified Health System (SUS), according to Technical Note nº 8/2024/MS.
Dengue is an acute febrile infectious disease, transmitted by the Aedes aegypti mosquito, which can progress to serious conditions, and to date there is no specific medication for treatment. In this way, vaccination aims to reduce hospitalizations and deaths resulting from dengue virus infections in the target population (children and adolescents between 10 and 14 years, 11 months and 29 days of age).
“The technical report from the Ministry of Health showed, in addition to the target audience, the order of distribution of doses to states and municipalities, with Tocantins, in 23rd position, with the Capim Dourado health region, which is a central part of the State, which comprises the Capital. Such decisions were made due to the quantity of doses, based on the production and delivery capacity of the producing laboratory”, said SES-TO Immunization Manager, Diandra Sena.
Regarding the operationalization of sending doses, “the Ministry of Health informed that communication will be carried out to the States through automatic guidelines, drawn up in proportion to the target audiences and order of epidemiological priority, which so far has no forecast of the delivery date of the vaccine in Tocantins”, added the manager.
Diandra added that “as soon as SES-TO is notified of the expected arrival of doses, we will inform the municipalities and offer timely training for municipal health teams with the appropriate guidelines, technical and operational guidelines for organizing vaccination against dengue ”.
In 2024, the dengue vaccine (attenuated) is indicated for children and adolescents aged 10 years to 14 years, 11 months and 29 days of age, regardless of previous dengue infection (seropositive and seronegative). The recommended vaccination schedule corresponds to the administration of two doses, with an interval of three months between doses.
Capim Dourado Region
The municipalities of Aparecida do Rio Negro, Fortaleza do Tabocão, Lagoa do Tocantins, Lajeado, Lizarda, Miracema do Tocantins, Miranorte, Novo Concordo, Rio dos Bois, Rio Sono, Santa Tereza do Tocantins, São Felix do Tocantins and Tocantinia.
The bulletin from the Notifiable Diseases Information System (SINAN), updated on January 31, 2024, points out that there was a 90.4% drop in the number of confirmed cases of Dengue in January 2024, compared to the same period last year. There were 364 cases in 2023 and 35 in 2024.
Data on arboviruses in Tocantins are updated weekly and can be accessed through the link https://www.to.gov.br/saude/boletins-epidemiologicos-das-arboviroses/6aqzbftl85g2.
Arboviruses are diseases caused by viruses transmitted by mosquitoes. The most common in urban environments are: Dengue, Chikungunya and Zika, transmitted by Aedes aegypti.
The best form of prevention is to avoid standing water, where the female Aedes aegypti mosquito lays her eggs. To do this, simply:
– Keep tires, bottles, scrap metal, animal drinking troughs and other mobile deposits, etc., sheltered from the rain.
– Provide the sealing of water tanks, drums, tanks, cisterns and artesian wells.
– Place sand in dishes and plant pots to prevent water accumulation.
– Place rubbish in plastic bags and always keep the bin tightly closed. And if you store glass or plastic bottles, always keep them upside down.
– Swimming pools and decorative fountains must always be clean and chlorinated.
Source – Ascom SES-TO