SC reaches dengue ‘boom’ with 104 thousand probable cases


Santa Catarina is experiencing a significant increase in dengue cases. In total, there are already 104 thousand probable cases of the disease. The data are from Dive/SC (Santa Catarina Epidemiological Surveillance Directorate).

Probable cases of dengue reach 104 thousand in Santa Catarina – Photo: Marcelo Camargo/Agência Brasil/ND

In addition to the cases of the disease, there are also 49 deaths caused by dengue in Santa Catarina, a scenario that raises concern among health authorities.

Among the cities with the most cases, Joinville continues to be the one with the highest incidence. There are already 37,450 cases there. Then comes the city of Blumenau, with 18,149 cases.

Dengue vaccination

This Monday (1st), for example, vaccination against the disease was expanded in the Greater Florianópolis region. Previously, only Joinville and the region received doses of the vaccine.

According to Dive, the expansion will occur as soon as the state receives new doses of the vaccine, which should arrive in April, according to the Ministry of Health.

The decision was announced by the federal agency, through a Technical Note, and aims to increase the target population’s access to vaccination and make the application of doses more agile.

At this point it is important to remember that vaccination, so far, is aimed at children and adolescents aged 10 to 14.

Municipalities in Greater Florianópolis that will receive dengue vaccines

  • Florianópolis: 7,785 doses;
  • São José: 4,293 doses;
  • Palhoça: 4,150 doses;
  • Biguaçu: 1,359 doses;
  • Tijucas: 960 doses;
  • São João Batista: 602 doses;
  • Garopaba: 505 doses;
  • Santo Amaro da Imperatriz: 462 doses;
  • Governor Celso Ramos: 290 doses;
  • Cinnamon: 244 doses;
  • Antônio Carlos: 212 doses;
  • Nova Trento: 204 doses;
  • Paulo Lopes: 158 doses;
  • Águas Mornas: 101 doses;
  • Angelina: 86 doses;
  • São Pedro de Alcântara: 85 doses;
  • Anitapolis: 63 doses;
  • Rancho Queimado: 60 doses;
  • São Bonifácio: 36 doses.

According to a survey by Dive as of this Monday (1st), 17,724 children and adolescents aged 10 to 14 were vaccinated in the state with the first dose, presenting a vaccination coverage of 24.80%.

Vaccination against dengue will be expanded to Greater Florianópolis – Photo: CDC/Divulgação/ND

The target recommended by the Ministry of Health is to vaccinate at least 90% of the total public.

For the director of DIVE, João Augusto Brancher Fuck, parents and guardians should take advantage of the opportunity to protect their children from the disease, but he remembers that this is just another strategy to combat dengue.

“Our appeal continues to be for the entire population to inspect their backyard, school, workplace and remove any object that could accumulate water”, highlights the director.

Still water is the dengue mosquito's best friendDirector of Dive highlights the importance of not accumulating stagnant water in the fight against dengue – Photo: Marcelo Camargo/Agência Brasil/ND

Vaccination against dengue began on February 24th in the city of Joinville. The other cities in the Northeast region began vaccinating between the 26th and 27th of February. To date, Santa Catarina has received only one shipment of vaccines in February, a total of 29,100 doses.

Dengue vaccination schedule

The dengue vaccine is administered in a two-dose schedule (dose 1 + dose 2) with an interval of three months between doses. Immunization aims to reduce hospitalizations and deaths from the disease. To check vaccination locations and times, parents and guardians should contact the health department of the municipality where they live.

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