Cadernos de Saúde Pública
versão impressa ISSN 0102-311X
GONCALVES, Maria de Lourdes; ALMEIDA, Maria Cecília Puntel de e GERA, Suelí Canhoto. Municipalization of vaccination in Ribeirão Preto, São Paulo, Brazil. Cad. Saúde Pública [online]. 1996, vol.12, n.1, pp. 79-87. ISSN 0102-311X. http://dx.doi.org/10.1590/S0102-311X1996000100019.
The object of this study is the organization of activities in the vaccination program in Ribeirão Preto, São Paulo, during the process of municipalization of health services, analyzing changes and estimating results. The methodology included a survey performed during supervisory visits and questionnaires with 20 nurses and 39 vaccination workers in all the vaccination rooms at the municipal primary health care unit in this city, a survey of storage conditions for immunobiological products at the municipal level and a questionnaire for the section head, and interviews with five health professionals responsible for vaccination at the State, regional, and municipal levels. It followed that since implementation of the so-called Integrated Health Actions proposal there has been an expansion of primary health care services, including vaccination services; there has also been a technical and administrative centralization of decisions involving vaccination activities, including training of human resources by the Municipal Epidemiological Surveillance division. The study points out that although this activity is dealt with carefully by those responsible for the State, municipal, and district levels, the same is not true at the local level.
Palavras-chave : Vaccination; Health Services; Primary Health Care; Public Health.