The national monitoring campaign against measles and rubella ends on Friday and the target is still far from full. More than 600,000 children aged 13 months to 4 years did not receive an extra dose of triple viral vaccine, free and obligatory in hospitals and health centers across the country.
According to the latest report of the Ministry of Health, applications were filed after eight weeks 2,194,569 of the planned 2 817 000 benefits for the target population. Coverage is approximately 78%, which is far from the projected start of the campaign (it was planned to reach 80% in the first month) to make health authorities raise the challenge to vaccinate children.
The city and province of Buenos Aires are the jurisdictions where the worst beginnings are recorded, namely 72% and 66%. I.e in the capital, they are vaccinated once every fourth, and one in three children in the provinceThe rest of the country, with the exception of Tierra del Fuego (74%) and Santa Cruz (76%), has already exceeded 80%. Examples are Jujuy, Corrientes and Chaco, which have already exceeded 95% (Jujuy even achieved more than 99%).
"It is very important to recognize all the steps and sacrifices that the vaccine team has been able to make in all jurisdictions of the country sacrificing the sacrifice, because we know it means a strong occupation"Said Cristian Biscayart, Director of the Disease Control Directorate (DICEI). He also extended his recognition to those who had cleansed their children" because they understood very important importance of this additional dose of the vaccine"and stressed that" it is very important that those who have not yet accepted them have not done so these days that are lacking to achieve more coverage than today. "
In Buenos Aires, on Friday, vaccinations will not open for a holiday organized at the G20 Summit, so tomorrow will be the last day of use in the Buenos Aires area.
As confirmed Clarin the Ministry of Health will not prolong the campaign. However, once the strategy is completed, each province will monitor children who have remained unvaccinated. Of this, in areas with high concentration, tourism and low coverage, the realization complementary measures immunize those who have not been vaccinated during these two months.
The campaign runs every four years to keep measles and rubella in the country. An additional dose of the viral triple vaccine is administered – regardless of what is specified in the calendar – to all children from 13 months to 4 years, 11 months and 29 days, Thus trying to reduce the number of susceptible people who accumulate each year of children who were not vaccinated in the regular program and those for whom the vaccine did not provide adequate protection (it is estimated that 10% produces the necessary immunity).
In the last two campaigns, coverage of 82% and 98% was achieved in 2014 and 2009.
The vaccine is used free of charge in all health centers and public hospitals in the country. The medical regulations are not required except for children with immunocompromisePrivate vaccination is also part of the strategy (just give a social work or prepaid service charge that is covered in this center).
Preserving over 95% coverage is essential to prevent the reintroduction of measles in a country that reported the last endemic case in 2000. So far, 14 cases have been imported this year. In the region, according to the Panameric Health Organization's data, 8,091 cases and 85 deaths for the disease were reported in 11 countries. Venezuela with an active focus more than a year is the most affected, followed by Brazil and far from the US.