In the last week of vaccinations against measles and rubella, which runs until November 30, the Ministry of Health insists on attending 12 percent of children between 13 months and 4 years of age who still have to receive it.
So far, 88% of the target population has been vaccinated, according to the Director of Epidemiology Ana Bertona. This vaccine is free of charge and will be mandatory for subsequent registration of kindergartens.
The campaign began at national level on October 1 and covers November 30, vaccinating children from 13 months to 4 years of age throughout the province with "an additional dose of triple virus vaccine that is free of charge"
Bertone indicated that this population to be vaccinated implied more than 20,000 children from the province, of which there would still be three thousand missing to achieve the goal. By varying by age groups, he pointed out that there would not be "especially the youngest".
The official also commented that different strategies have been developed because "we know that the final stretch is the most difficult, and the population that does not usually go to the vaccination." He explained that this vaccination campaign against measles and rubella is a public health strategy that is a priority of the provincial government and is a must.
In this connection, he noted that "this is the documentation that will be needed to enroll children in the next school year of kindergarten." He also said that it was being processed at national level so Anses would ask for the same documentation on family-friendly procedures "trying to make it a way to make vaccination effective."
All this is, according to Bertone, "because we are talking about diseases that are only prevented by vaccines that have no specific treatment and which are the causes of morbidity and mortality in children under 5 years of age in immunocompromised people, and rubella with the inherited rubella syndrome that leads to malformations of unborn children, which, he stressed, is undoubtedly a priority for these preventive measures.
To bolster this strategy, the employee gave an example to Venezuela, where he stopped vaccinating in the face of the crisis, "and there are already more than 5,000 cases of measles with more than 70 deaths, indicating that if vaccination occurs, these kinds of illnesses appear again. "
On the other hand, he claims that "Vaccines are the victims of success: When you have high coverage, people forget about the risk of illness, but not just because they are vaccinated, and when you stop doing them, these diseases return. the same thing happens with tetanus, pertussis, diphtheria, measles and rubella, "suggests going back," he said.
More specifically, with regard to La Pampa, he said, "We had suspicious cases that we excluded." There are 14 cases in Argentina that are controlled in Buenos Aires. "But," he explains, "we have a constant risk, we add that there is a group of sensitive people and that means children who are not vaccinated, plus 10% who are but do not respond to the vaccine so there is a group susceptible to disease , plus the whole epidemiological situation in the world. "
Finally, to highlight this final stage of vaccination, the Director of Epidemiology reaffirmed that health teams prioritize this campaign, "vaccination schedules are expanded, and in different places she leaves the house at home to find those who have disappeared" .
Add this notification through the media to people who have not yet come to vaccinate "to do so at the nearest health center because in the province this campaign is free,"
They are aware of the COPD day
Organized by the Provincial Ministry of Health and Lucio Molas Hospital, the day of awareness of Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease (COPD) will be held today from 9 to 12 in San Martin Square. Spirometers (pulmonary measurements) will be performed at the moment for those who wish.
The announcement was made by Laura Viglitotta, associate director of Lucia Mollas Hospital, and Luján Rolando's pneumologist.
Vigliotta highlighted the objectives and scope of the initiative with regard to prevention. "This pathology affects between 14% and 15% of the Argentine population in people aged over 40, this is one of the most common chronic diseases in the world because of both the quality of life of patients and pathologies , which can break down, is that we are doing this day of awareness and discovery to those who want to be reviewed (COPD measurement), "said Professor at a press conference.
Rolando, meanwhile, refers to the characteristics of people who can take preventive measurements: "People over 40 years of age who smoke or have smoked at some point in their lives." All of these patients should have a spirometry study. for today) will facilitate access to the research, although it is easy to conduct in the hospital. "
In this sense, he said, "First of all, we will do it by simply measuring with a tool, it is used by a strong and rapid blast for six seconds and the lung capacity is reached." If the patient does not reach the standard values airflow, it is produced for spirometry. "
The pulmologist added that "90% of COPD patients are smokers, but other values are given by kitchens or wood, and patients who suffer from this pathology notice it as they move more easily, less physical effort. "