Update on H1N1 vaccination in Brazil

The Brazilian National Vaccination Campaign against Influenza H1N1 has ended officially on June the 2nd.

On June the 3rd the government published an official note saying the vaccination campaign has been prorogued indefinitely, until the number of people immunized reaches the initial target (that is, 80% of the population at higher risk of disease).

In Brazil, vaccination against Influenza H1N1 is administered for free by the government to all the population at high risk of disease. We have enough vaccines, so in case you haven’t had yours yet, please go to the public health care facility next to you as soon as possible, and get your H1N1 shot.

There are many people declining the vaccine claiming they don’t have enough time/have to work/etc.

 My advice: don’t be silly!! In case  people had to pay for the vaccine, or if there wasn’t enough of it, I’m sure eveyone would complain and would blame the government for being ill. But now the vaccine is for free, and there’s enough for everyone: means that, if you get ill, and by any chance Brazil’s morbidity and mortality for H1N1 this year gets higher, the only one to blame is yourself! Now go get your shot! I already got mine!

The Nardoni Trial, and Science & Health Reminders

  • It’s been now three full days since the beggining of the trial of Alexandre Nardoni & wife Ana Jatobá, both charged with murder 2 years ago, being the victim Isabella Nardoni, 5 years old, child of Alexandre’s first marriage with . Since the very beggining the case caused commotion nationwide due to it’s ever growing media coverage as forensic evidence quickly & strongly pointed towards Isabella’s father & stepmother as the authors of the crime. Since then the couple has been held captive in the prison of Tremembé, in the State of São Paulo, known for being ‘home sweet home’ to the most notorious Brazilian criminals.

    Global Voices has a post about on the media circus built around the Isabella Nardoni Case.

  • Today, March the 24th,  is World TB Day. For the curious and uninformed,  “TB” stands for Tuberculosis.  This day in 1882 Dr. Robert Koch brought to public his discovery of the tuberculosis bacillus, a.k.a. Koch bacillus. Hence the date is used as means to increase people’s awareness of such prevalent burdensome illness.
  • Reminder: Phase 2 of the Brazilian National H1N1 Vaccination Campaign goes until April 2nd . Go to the health care facility next to you and take your shot: if you are pregnant, in any gestational age; children from 06 months to 2 years old – and don’t forget to bring the child’s vaccination card with you; if you are under 60 and has any of the listed chronic diseases. Important: ALL PREGNANT WOMEN MUST GET THE VACCINE. In case you get pregnant after the vaccination period ends, you will get the vaccine too. Just look for the health care facility next to you, as soon as possible. For further questions you can check the following site, in portuguese:  http://www.vacinacaoinfluenza.com.br

Brazilian H1N1 National Vaccination Campaign

Brazilian National Campaign of Vaccination Against Influenza H1N1 starts today, March the 8th, 2010.

The vaccination is provided by the government for free to all the major risk groups. People not eligible for free vaccination will be able to buy it, or have it for free in case there’s any leftovers from the government’s lot.

The campaign has been divided in 4 stages, each one will target specific risk groups.

Here is the H1N1 Influenza Vaccination Campaign Calendar for Brazil, as announced by the National Health Department (Ministério da Saúde):

  1. March 8th – March 19thIndigenous People and Health Care Professionals.
  2. March 22th  –  April 2ndPregnant Women, Infants 06 months to 02 years old, and NOT ELDERLY People with Chronic Illness ¹.
  3. April 5th – April 23rdYoung Adults from 20-29 years old.
  4. April 24th – May 7thElderly from 60 years old on, with Chronic Illness²
  5. May 10th – May 21th: Adults from 30-39 years old.

¹ Elderly with chronic illness will get the H1N1 vaccine during the National Yearly Elderly Vaccination Campaign for Seasonal Influenza, from April 24th to May 7th.

² For H1N1 vaccination purpose, are considered chronic illness and/or risk factors: morbid obesity (3rd degree obesity), chronic respiratory disease (severe asthma, cystic fibrosis, CPOD, Bronchopulmonary Dysplasia), diabetes, neuromuscular disease with respiratory impairment, immunosuppressed patients (under chemotherapy, HIV, etc), chronic hepatic disease, chronic renal disease, haemoglobinopathy, cardiac insufficiency (clin. syndrome), structural cardiopathy with haemodinamic repercussion (pulmonary art. hypertension, valve disease, etc), people under 18 years old that make continuous use of salicylates (for instance due to Kawasaki disease or other rheumatic auto-immune diseases)

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