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Expansion of smallpox vaccination of people living with HIV in Belo Horizonte-Jerais

Expansion of smallpox vaccination of people living with HIV in Belo Horizonte-Jerais

Smallpox vaccination takes place at the Reference Center for Special Immunobiology (CRIE) in Belo Horizonte (Photo: Marcelo Camargo/Agnacia Brasil/Arquivo)

The municipality of Belo Horizonte (PBH) announced Wednesday (6/14) that the vaccine against smallpox, a disease formerly known as monkeypox, is available to people over 18 years of age who live with the human immunodeficiency virus (HIV) that causes it . AIDS. Everyone can receive the vaccine, regardless of their immune status.

Previously, immunization only occurred to people living with HIV/AIDS whose CD4 T-lymphocyte count was less than 200 cells in the past six months, as directed by the Ministry of Health, the municipal executive recalled in a statement.

Now, this public is vaccinated against Mpox disease at the Reference Center for Specific Immunobiology (CRIE) in Belo Horizonte, at Rua Domingos Vieira, 488, Santa Efignia neighborhood, from Monday to Friday, from 8 a.m. to 6 p.m.

Asymptomatic persons who have had direct contact with the bodily fluids and secretions of persons suspected, probable, or confirmed to have had smallpox, may also be vaccinated, after evaluation by epidemiological surveillance.

Mpox is an infectious disease caused by the monkeypox virus, which can cause skin lesions and other flu-like symptoms.

The Mpox vaccination schedule consists of two doses, 0.5 mL each, of the MVA-BN Jynneos vaccine. An interval of 28 days is required between doses.

“The main objective of vaccination is to protect individuals who are at higher risk of contracting severe forms of the disease, within the current context of transmission observed in the country, and secondly, to break the chain of transmission by vaccinating those who have been in contact with suspected and/or confirmed cases of smallpox disease.” , explains PBH.

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