Brazil misses the target and is among the countries with the lowest childhood vaccination rates in the world

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The country is among the 10 children who have the least vaccinated, along with Haiti and Venezuela, countries that are experiencing economic difficulties.

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The numbers of vaccination children in Brazil are worrying the country’s health authorities. Indeed, a decline has been identified in the application of essential vaccines for children, such as BCG, the triple bacterial vaccine and those against hepatitis B and poliomyelitis, all of which have coverage rates below global averages. .

The problem was identified in a global report by the World Health Organization (WHO) and the United Nations Children’s Fund (UNICEF), published last week. According to the study, for the year 2021, the WHO and the Fund took into account information from 177 countries, including Brazil, and concluded that, worldwide, the data show the largest continuous decline in childhood vaccination in 29 years. In our countrythe numbers point to a worrying scenario.

“It’s a dramatic picture. [Nesse relatório da OMS]we are among the 10 worst countries in the world in terms of vaccination, alongside Haiti and Venezuela, countries that have enormous economic difficulties and that do not have a program as organized as ours”, deplores Carla Domingues , epidemiologist and former coordinator of the National Vaccination Program (PNI).

The BCG vaccine is one of the first in life. It is indicated a few hours after birth and at the latest before the child reaches the age of 5, and protects against serious forms of tuberculosis, such as meningeal and miliary, complications that can lead to death. In Brazil, although we saw some recovery in 2018, the BCG vaccination rate has dropped significantly since 2019.

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