Rio Grande do Sul Civil Defense warns of the dangers of polio vaccination

After two weeks, the marketing campaign had much less protection in the state. (Photo: Marcelo Camargo/Agência Brasil)

In a state of affairs the place virtually half of the gaucho inhabitants between the ages of 1 and 4 has not but been vaccinated in opposition to polio, the state’s Civil Defense warned of the must advance the marketing campaign in Rio Grande do Sul. About 800,000 residents registered to obtain such a message had been despatched SMS to their cell phones.

“Fight the risk of a resurgence of childish paralysis till September 30. Take care of our kids!” mentioned an excerpt from the assertion.

In normal, Civil Defense Alerts are issued for climate occasions that pose a risk to the public (storms, floods, and many others.).

“This is a request from the State Department of Health,” explains Julio César Rocha López, head of Casa Militar and State Coordinator of Civil Defense and Protection.

Poliomyelitis is an acute infectious illness brought on by poliomyelitis in youngsters and adults by the fecal-oral route (direct contact with feces or saliva). The an infection can assault the nervous system and trigger extreme paralysis, particularly in the decrease limbs.


Valid for all states and their municipalities, the purpose set by the Ministry of Health is to vaccinate 95% of youngsters between 1 and 4 years of age in opposition to polio. Statistics final up to date on Wednesday (14) present that at the very least 281,611 doses of polio vaccine had been administered throughout this marketing campaign in Rio Grande do Sul.

This represents lower than 51% of the 553,814 Gauchos of this age group. At the native degree, at the very least 182 of the state’s 497 cities have achieved this determine.

“Rio Grande do Sul has no circumstances of polio, but it surely can’t be allowed to occur,” warns State Secretary of Health Arita Bergmann.

excessive threat

Immunization charges under the objectives beneficial by the Ministry of Health improve the threat of vaccine-preventable illnesses. This consists of poliomyelitis itself, in addition to pertussis, measles, mumps, rubella, hen pox, meningococcal and pneumococcal meningitis, rotavirus gastroenteritis and hepatitis A and B, amongst others.

Considering the primary schedule of childhood vaccination, the targets beneficial by the Ministry of Health in the final 5 years haven’t been met. Data for 2021 (nonetheless thought of partial) point out that the Rio Grande do Sul will likely be under the proposed targets.

Vaccination in opposition to the illness has not been achieved in recent times, in Rio Grande do Sul, the purpose of 95% protection. Analysis of the historic sequence of vaccination protection from 2017 to 2020 ranged from 75% to 86%. The state of affairs is alarming: 32% of municipalities in Rio Grande do Sul are in danger of contracting polio, and one other 41% are at excessive threat. In different phrases: 74% of municipalities (367 out of 497) can re-register the illness.

The evaluation considers components reminiscent of immunization protection, epidemiological surveillance and a few determinants of well being, reminiscent of entry to ingesting water and sanitation. This reinforces the want for sustained and efficient illness surveillance and the upkeep of sufficient ranges of immune safety for the inhabitants.

In 2021, an evaluation by the Pan American Health Organization (PAHO) recognized Brazil as one of the international locations in the Americas at excessive threat of reintroduction of the polio virus, together with 5 different international locations (Bolivia, Panama, Paraguay, Argentina and Ecuador). Haiti, Venezuela, Peru and the Dominican Republic are thought of to be at very excessive threat.

(Marcello Campos)