In addition to vaccination coverage, the survey showed that 44% of families stopped having routine pediatric follow-up
Because of the pandemic of Covid-19, almost 30% of Brazilian families postponed their children’s vaccination last year. About 10% only intend to resume immunization when the pandemic is completely over. This is what a survey conducted by the Ibope in October last year. A thousand fathers and mothers of different social classes were heard online in all regions of Brazil. The data are more worrying in the North and Midwest regions of the country, where 40% of families have postponed vaccination.
The results obtained by the study contradict the experts’ recommendation. According to pediatrician and infectious disease doctor Julia Spinardi, the low vaccination coverage can bring back diseases already controlled in the country. “These children will return to schools with their vaccines late and we will start to see diseases that were already under control appearing more often. We had the example of measles last year. In the middle of the year, we had 7,000 reported cases of measles. ” In addition to vaccination coverage, the survey showed that 44% of families stopped having routine pediatric follow-up. That number rises to 50% when it comes to parents of children between three and five years old.
Pediatrician and infectologist Julia Spinardi lists the factors that make consultations with pediatricians even more important at this time. “Among them the increase in exposure to screens, the change in food with increased caloric intake. In addition, of course, to all the emotional stress caused by the confinement period. ” The research is part of the MaisQueUmPalpite campaign, which seeks to combat fake news about children’s health and raise families’ awareness of the prevention of infectious diseases.
* With information from reporter Nicole Fusco