Due to low compliance, they decide to continue vaccinating against measles

Due to low compliance, they decide to continue vaccinating against measles

Saturday, December 31, 2022 | 6:04

On October 1, a national vaccination campaign against measles, mumps, rubella and poliomyelitis began in the country for babies from 13 months and children up to 4 years old. The work was due to end in mid-November, however, since the proposed goal was not achieved, it was decided to continue vaccination for another month.

Now, once again by consensus, health ministers across the country have decided to continue vaccinating until acceptable numbers for the vaccinated population are reached, i.e. at least 95% of the proposed number in each jurisdiction is achieved.

In Misiones, the number of children to be vaccinated has been set at 88,000, of whom 74% have been vaccinated to date, i.e. just over 65,000. In other words, there are still more than 20,000 children who must receive these reinforcement doses which are available in the Caps and hospitals free of charge and without the need for a medical prescription.

In Tierra Colorada, the Capital and Oberá departments are the ones that have come the least close to the proposed objective and in this sense, in consensus with the Nation this week, the Scientific Committee of Misiones has again recommended the vaccination of children against these diseases.

“The campaign was originally scheduled until November, it was extended until December and now, at the last Cofesa meeting, the decision has been taken to continue and extend vaccination with the triple viral vaccine -which is against measles, rubella and mumps- and anti-polio IPV to children who were the target population and did not achieve optimal coverage,” explained Roberto Lima, immunization manager at the Ministry of Health.

The goal, as stated, is to reach 95% or exceed it. “Since we missed him a bit, we are now working on it so that all children between 1 and 4 years old have the extra dose, which is very important, especially with the triple viral vaccine, because the extra dose is necessary to reinforce the system. immunological and make sure that the child has defenses and if he is in contact with the measles virus he will not be infected, ”said Lima in Here we will tell you about it on Radioactiva 100.7

Regarding the availability of vaccines, he maintained that there are in all vaccination centers across the province.

“There are also fellow vaccinators who work in the mobile vaccination posts and who go from house to house,” he said.

In turn, to bring peace of mind to parents, he noted that the vaccine against measles is the same that is given to children at one year and at school entry, and that for poliomyelitis, it is the same IPV vaccine that is applied at 2, 4 and 6 months in infancy.

“There is a bit of reluctance on the part of parents with this dose of campaigning and that is why it is always advisable for parents who have doubts to consult the pediatrician to be able to remove them. The doctor will surely explain it well for that they leave convinced of the vaccination. Here we depend a lot on the decision of the parents who are the ones who are going to take their children to the vaccination center,” he said.

As said, all these diseases are very contagious and can lead to serious complications for the child if they are contracted.

Measles, for example, is not only an eruptive disease, but can lead to pneumonia, meningitis and hearing damage; Rubella can cause congenital rubella syndrome in a pregnant woman in contact with an infected child, and in the case of mumps, it can be complicated by orchitis in children, which is inflammation of the testicles, and pancreatitis.

Regarding the importance of children applying these reinforcements, Lima indicated that with the opening of borders, there is more movement of people and circulation throughout the world of these viruses. In addition, during the Covid-19 pandemic, the vaccination coverage of calendar doses fell sharply.

“What this extra dose does is reinforce if the child has not generated the necessary defenses, it protects against highly contagious diseases and that is why it is necessary that all children between 1 and 4 years old who have a single dose of the vaccine can have that extra dose and make sure the immunity is high,” he said.

On the other hand, concerning the booster vaccination against Covid-19, he pointed out that it is activated for all the population who wishes it.

“There are people who take the first booster, others the second and today we are able to apply the third booster or the fifth dose. The only thing that conditions is time. But if 120 days or four months have passed, you have to give yourself a backup,” Lima said.

In turn, he said he was vaccinated with doses of Moderna in Caps and hospitals. “The vaccine is the tool for preventing the disease and it is the only way to avoid serious symptoms,” he concluded.

In numbers

88,000 A total of 88,000 missionary children between the ages of 13 months and 4 years are to receive these booster doses. 74% of this number was vaccinated.

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