Measles: about half of the children under 4 years have not yet been vaccinated

Measles: about half of the children under 4 years have not yet been vaccinated

A little more than a month after the start of the National Measles and Rubella Monitoring Campaign, almost 50% of children between 13 months and 4 years old (to whom it is directed) have not yet been vaccinated. This was confirmed by the Director of Control of Immunopreventable Diseases of the National Secretariat of Health, Cristian Biscayart (MN 89 167). "By this date we expected to have about 80% of those immunized, something that did not happen. we still have to find a little more than 40 children every 100 ", explained the official. Regarding the difference in coverage between regions, he indicated that "the metropolitan areas of the country and the border areas are always more difficult to complete". These, likewise, are the regions of greatest risk, "because they have an important circulation of people and a lot of tourism." If we consider that we are in the midst of a difficult situation in Latin America, we must protect the population, "reflected the Director.Biscayart refers, in this case, to the outbreak "without control for more than a year in Venezuela and a significant number of cases in Brazil, Colombia and Peru". In fact, Argentina has so far 14 cases confirmed in 2018. In this context, "it becomes more urgent to meet the goals of the campaign," he said. "It is important to emphasize that the vaccine is free, compulsory, effective, safe and that the doses are already distributed in the country, we need vaccination teams to enter the gardens, dads know that their children will be vaccinated and that they go to the dispensaries and vaccinations, "said the head of Immunization. The trend in vaccination comes in a downward curve worldwide, something that experts observe with concern, and Argentina is no exception. At this point it is necessary to clarify that Biscayart confirmed that "the campaign can not be extended, in case there are jurisdictions that find difficulties to achieve the goals, they should consider some provincial strategy to reach the children who did not get vaccinated, who become in susceptible population ".About the vaccine The viral triple is applied in children between 13 months and 4 years, inclusive. It is mandatory, free and an additional dose should be applied if they are already vaccinated. It is applied in all health centers and public hospitals in the country and does not require medical order. The vaccine protects against measles, rubella and mumps, and is contraindicated in children immunosuppressed, either by diseases (primary immunodeficiencies or HIV-AIDS) or for treatments such as chemotherapy. In case of any doubt, it is necessary to consult with the doctor. .

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