Castilla y León will launch its new official routine vaccination calendar this 2023, one of the most complete in all of Spain which will include, among other improvements, free rotavirus vaccination for all children born from this Sunday, January 1 , and against the human papilloma virus (HPV) for all children who will be 12 years old. Thus, the Community is still two years ahead of the date set by the Interterritorial Council of the National Health System (CISNS), at the end of 2024. These improvements , which are included in the Official Gazette of Castilla y León (BOCyL) of yesterday, along with other advances, will mean a rebound in the public health budget by nine percent, to 34 million euros.
Until now, the rotavirus vaccine was only free for babies born prematurely before 32 weeks. The introduction of this routine vaccine for infants in the schedule will result in savings for families of between 187 and 208.5 euros, which is the current cost of the two brands on the market. Unsurprisingly, many families acquired it when it was recommended by pediatricians, to the extent that coverage has reached 70% in recent years. Two or three doses will be administered, depending on the type of vaccine, during the first months of life.
As for the HPV vaccination, it is open to men who will be 12 years old from 2023, that is to say those born after January 1, 2011. The schedule will be the same for both sexes, two separate doses at least six months apart. Women born after 1994 who have not been previously vaccinated can also receive the age-appropriate regimen. Among minors, the Interterritorial Council has agreed to introduce the flu vaccine at national level for children aged 6 to 59 months, which is already happening in the Community, where, moreover, although for children under of two years, only the injectable vaccine is authorized, from this age, they will be able to receive the attenuated intranasal vaccine, more comfortable and effective.
A measure through which the inactivated injectable vaccine will be covered in boys and girls aged 6 to 23 months, and the attenuated intranasal vaccine in boys and girls between 24 and 59 months, i.e. two, three and four years. A single dose will be given to healthy children.
Finally, regarding the meningitis B vaccination, Castilla y León will continue to administer it for free, which began in 2019, despite the fact that the deadline was before the end of 2024. In addition, it will begin to inoculate at two and four months of life, instead of three and five months as hitherto.
In the meantime, to avoid injecting two complementary pneumococcal vaccines, as had been done, the Ministry of Health will start inoculating only a new version, which has recently been approved and guarantees better protection for people. elderly. Other vaccines that are incorporated are that of herpes zoster, intended for all people aged 65 or over, another step forward applying criteria in line with other neighboring countries and scientific recommendations.
El calendario vacunal contemplates también la vacunación frente a la covid-19, que ha demostrado su efectividad para parcialmente la prevention la transmisión de la fermedad, pero sobre todo para prevention sus consequences másgraves: la infección syntomática, la hospitalización, el intrusion en UCI y the death. For this reason, it is particularly recommended for people with severe covid-19 risk factors and the general population aged 60 and over, as well as those who may be included in the vaccination strategy at any time. depending on the evolution of the epidemiological situation. Public health situation and recommendations.
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