Ministry of Health also prioritizes indigenous people on Influenza vaccination
The Brazilian indigenous people are among the priority groups for immunization against the Influenza virus that causes the H1N1 flu. The 23rd National Vaccination Campaign against Influenza was launched by the Ministry of Health, in Brasilia, on Monday, April 12, with the presence of Minister Marcelo Queiroga and the ministry´s secretaries.
The Ministry of Health´s National Immunization Program (PNI) has allocated more than 760,000 doses for the Special Secretariat for Indigenous Health (SESAI) to vaccinate indigenous people, served by the Indigenous Health Care Subsystem (SASISUS) and specificities of ADPF 709, and indigenous health professionals.
The doses destined for the indigenous people will be stored by the states and municipalities and will be withdrawn by the Special Indigenous Sanitary Districts (DSEI) of SESAI as the vaccines are applied. The vaccination will take place directly in the villages of the 34 districts and there will be no need for indigenous people to travel for immunization.
Indigenous Peoples´ Vaccination Month
In April, the Brazilian indigenous people will also receive the reinforcement of the Indigenous Peoples´ Vaccination Month (MVPI). The campaign is annual and reinforces vaccination coverage in regions that have fallen short of the immunization targets set by the PNI. All vaccines for immuno-preventable diseases will be available for application according to the age groups of the indigenous population.
The 15th edition of the MVPI is part of the World Vaccination Week, organized by the Pan-American Health Organization (PAHO) and will take place from April 22nd to May 21st.