Apps Boten has a banner with false information about the meningitis vaccine. According to the Federal District Health Department in Brazil, Agunia Brasília, explain that this is fake news and the band has nothing to do with the published material.
According to the ministry, the advertisements contain false messages about the target audience for the vaccine as well as the age group required to take the antibody.
“Every adolescent aged 11 to 12 years should be given a dose as a booster dose or as a single dose, depending on their current vaccination status,” advised nurse at the Department of Health’s Department of Immunization Technology, Fernanda Lidis . He warned that “the picture that is circulating is referring to adolescents aged 11 to 14, but the above age groups: 11 and 12 years are correct.”
Since last year, the Ministry of Health has included the meningococcal ACWY vaccine in the national vaccination calendar. It protects against four subtypes of the disease – A, C, W, and Y, and out of the positive cases with epidemiological potential, six stand out: A, B, C, Y, X, and W.
The vaccine is indicated for more than one year in certain groups, such as people with HIV/AIDS, congenital and acquired immunodeficiencies, disabling neurological disorders, and others. The vaccination agent is available through the Unified Health System (SUS).
In addition – meningococcal ACWY – there are five other vaccines that protect against different forms of meningitis: meningococcal C conjugate vaccine, 10-valent pneumococcal conjugate vaccine, pentavalent vaccine, BCG vaccine and MMR vaccine.
Meningitis is a serious disease that affects approximately 150,000 people in Brazil each year. The disease is an inflammation of the meninges, the membrane that lines the brain and spinal cord, and can be caused by viruses, bacteria, fungi, and some parasites.
“Updating vaccination brochures is the best way to prevent meningitis,” said the nurse.
How do you know if the news is fake news?
Government Health Without Fake News Page It was created to allow experts to review all kinds of healthy content that is floating around. There you can ask questions and if you get any suspicious information through the Secretariat you can send it via WhatsApp on the phone at (61) 99252-3540 to see if it is false or not.
It is worth noting that the channel does not act as a customer service, it is only a place to receive content that will be clearly analyzed and published in the future.
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