In Acre, only 6% of the target audience was vaccinated against dengue; immunization expires this month

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By Suene Almeida, ContilNet

Vaccination against dengue began in February this year and in the state of Acre, just over a month after immunization, only 6.18% of the target audience was vaccinated.

According to data from the State Department of Health (Sesacre), of the 17,810 doses received, only 2,968 were applied. The campaign began on February 16, in 11 municipalities in Acre. Aggravating the situation is the fact that the doses sent expire on April 30th. The target audience for vaccination is children and adolescents aged 10 to 11 and adolescents up to 14 years old.

Vaccines are being administered to children and adolescents aged 10 to 14/Photo: Reproduction

Qdenga is an immunizer developed by the Japanese pharmaceutical company Takeda, made with the attenuated dengue virus. This means that the vaccine contains the live virus, weakened in the laboratory, making it safe to use without causing illness.

The vaccination schedule consists of two doses with a three-month interval between applications. The Ministry of Health (MS) sent another 6,400 doses at the end of March, which were distributed among the other 11 municipalities that were not included in the first shipment.

Data on dengue in the state

Data released by the Emergency Operation Center (COE) shows that the incidence of dengue, in the first three months of 2024, reached 758.1, for every 100 thousand inhabitants, compared to 261.5, in the state of Acre.

READ ALSO: Acre reduces the number of serious dengue cases and records no deaths in 2024; know more

In January of this year, the State government declared an emergency due to the significant increase in cases of the disease, which reached 106.6% between the end of 2023 and the beginning of 2024.

According to data from the dengue case monitoring panel, at the Health Observatory, of the Acre State Department of Health (Sesacre), the state has already registered 18,677 suspected notifications of the disease in the first three months of this year. Rio Branco leads the Ranking with just over 8.1 thousand notifications.

The article is in Portuguese

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