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Health officials call for support in national vaccination campaign

Health officials call for support in national vaccination campaign

Minister Carla Vizotti Led The Meeting
The meeting was led by Minister Carla Vizzotti.

Health officials gathered from across the country Federal Health Council (COFESA)Called upon the population with a national vaccination campaign against Measles, rubella, mumps and poliomyelitis for girls and boys aged 13 months to 4 years who, 17 days after completion, barely reached 36.7% of the target population and an estimated 77% did not,

The meeting took place at the headquarters of the National Administration of Laboratories and Health Institutes (ANLIS) “Dr. Carlos Malbran”, it was officially reported.

The 2022 vaccination campaign against measles, rubella, mumps and poliomyelitis was launched on 1 October at the site of the Technopolis Mega Exhibition of Science, Culture and Technology in the city of Buenos Aires, Villa Martelli.

On this occasion Health Minister, Carla Vizottihighlighted that “thanks to Argentina’s vaccines against measles in 2000 and polio in 1984, these follow-up campaigns reinforce vaccination of those who have postponed it during the pandemic and elsewhere in the world.” Protected us from the outbreaks of these viruses that have arisen.

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National Immunization Calendar considers triple viral vaccination for girls and boys between 12 months and 5 years of age for protection against measles, rubella and mumps, while for protection against polio, it is three doses at 2, 4 and 6 months and 5 years Installs booster at age of.,

During the meeting, officials warned that, 17 days after the end of the campaign, 1.4 million girls and boys have not yet received the triple doses of viral and inactivated polio vaccines, which are free, compulsory and additional to the national calendar. , which are necessary for cooperation in the prevention of these diseases in the country.

In this sense, experts expressed their concern about the progress, which reached 36.7 per cent coverage till yesterday, when the expected target for the same period across the country is 77 per cent and whose target is “reaching 95 per cent or more”. target population,” the national health ministry specified in a statement.

Officials agreed on the need to warn about the importance of implementing these additional doses to protect susceptible populations who have not developed the expected immune response, which typically accounts for about 8 of those receiving them in the plan. is 10 percent. primary.

Vizzotti assured that “All jurisdictions are making a huge effort and the nation has distributed funds and all necessary supplies to ensure the success of this campaign” Which will run till November 13.

Photo Alfredo Ponse File
Photo: Alfredo Ponce. (file, archive)

In turn, the minister recognized that “the cooperation of pediatricians is essential to induce vaccination, and we are aware of their commitment.”

The official considered it a “challenge” to follow this campaign in large cities such as the Metropolitan Area of ​​Buenos Aires (AMBA), which, in the event of the disease reproducing, “is usually the area with the highest risk, by mass of people.” Looking at the movement”.

For his part, Juan Manuel Castelli, the Under-Secretary of Sanitation Strategies, said it was necessary to achieve 95 percent coverage and “homogeneous” across the country for the campaign to be a full success.

In addition, the official said that one of the reasons for the slow progress of the campaign is the population’s “low perception of risk” in relation to diseases to be eradicated in Argentina such as measles, rubella and polio, but stressed that this is not the case. They say “thanks to the success of the vaccines” and “the risk of reintroduction is high for all countries”.

In addition, he emphasized that the campaign is carried out in a context in which it is necessary to develop actions to support the eradication of diseases such as measles, which have the greatest number of outbreaks registered in the country after achieving eradication. was significant, and it spread from August 2019 to March 2020, a period in which it caused 179 cases and one death.

With regard to rubella and congenital rubella syndrome, although there have been no autochthonous cases in Argentina since 2009, when a susceptible pregnant person exposed to rubella virus develops the disease during the first trimester of pregnancy, fetal infection occurs. and 90% have congenital rubella syndrome. matters, he warned.

Congenital rubella syndrome causes fetal and neonatal death and severe malformations in the newborn, leading to deafness, blindness, and structural and non-structural congenital heart disease as well as serious late-onset disorders such as diabetes or intellectual disability .

to minimize National Surveillance Campaigns (CNS) against Measles, Rubella and Mumps are conducted every 4 years (according to the accumulation of vulnerable people) to cover the outbreak risk and susceptible populations. In which additional doses are given to boys and girls from 13 months to 4 years.

Since the last follow-up campaign in 2018, 713,000 girls and boys have gathered, indicating the need for a new CNS to provide a second chance to a population that did not have access to vaccination and/or immunity There was a dose response. Applicable.

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