Madrid will vaccinate babies against meningitis B and children aged 12 against human papillomavirus from January


The Community of Madrid will launch its new “Lifetime Vaccination Calendar” starting tomorrow, January 1, with three important novelties: the inclusion of vaccination against meningitis B for babies, the incorporation of the vaccine against human papilloma (HPV) in 12-year-old males and extension against herpes zoster in the elderly population.

As explained by the Community, the vaccines will be administered mainly in the primary care centers of the Madrid Health Service (Sermas), as well as in the points authorized by the General Directorate of Public Health.

These new indications of the vaccination program, which range from the prenatal period to mature ages, aim to increase the protection of citizens against different diseases. Thus, vaccination against meningococcal B will begin in January for babies born on or after November 1, 2022, with a three-dose schedule: at 2, 4 and 12 months.

This will also continue to be done with people in risk groups. This process may help protect against diseases caused by this bacteria, including meningococcal type B meningitis.

In 2023, 12-year-old boys will also begin to be vaccinated against the human papillomavirus (HPV), i.e. children born in 2011, with a schedule of two doses spaced at least six months apart. . To date, this vaccination has only affected 12-year-old girls and people included in risk groups.

The Community of Madrid points out that with the new indication, the prevention of infections and diseases related to HPV, a sexually transmitted infection that can cause serious diseases in women, such as cervical cancer, is enhanced in both sexes and which also causes injuries. in men, who also act as transmitters. Among other pathologies, it generates genital warts and anal or oral cancers. Vaccination is most effective before sexual intercourse begins, which is why the Ministry of Health recommends it at an early age.

Finally, the “Lifetime Vaccination Schedule” of the Community of Madrid extends prevention against shingles to people aged 75 to 80. Meanwhile, the indication continues for people aged 65 and for people over 18 with certain risk conditions, a recommendation that the Ministry of Health incorporated earlier this year.

Shingles is a disease caused by the varicella zoster virus which, once the childhood infection is overcome, can remain confined and latent until decades later when it is reactivated either by advanced age or due to weak defenses . It manifests as a rash with characteristics similar to chickenpox, which can be extremely painful.

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