San Jose, November 21 (Elpaís.cr). – Children over 15 years of age and under 10 years of age will need to protect themselves from measles because the CCSS will carry out an emergency vaccination to increase the immunization barrier against this viral disease.
This vaccination will begin on 12 December and will end on 8 February in all vaccines distributed on the national territory: 104 health zones and 1047 major health care teams (EBAIS). It's an institutional investment of about $ 1.2 million.
According to Roberto Cervantes, the medical director of the institution, the provision has been adopted by the National Vaccine Commission, as the measles virus is spreading to other countries around the world including Venezuela, Brazil, Colombia, Argentina, Canada, Ecuador, the United States, Mexico and Guatemala where there are about 7,000 cases and about 72 deaths (10 in Brazil and 62 in Venezuela).
According to the medical authority of the institution, this public health intervention seeks to immunize a sensitive population that is not protected against this virus for various reasons because there is an accumulation of vulnerable people every year which can easily be targeted in case of entering that virus on the national territory because they fail to develop antibodies or those who for some reason have not been protected from this infectious disease.
In addition, we need to add to this group the number of fathers and mothers who do not vaccinate their children for "anti-vaccination" without knowing the serious damage they cause to their children and the population of Costa Rica.
It is estimated that about 10% of the children who are vaccinated each year are not protected from the disease and therefore an extra vaccination is often done to protect this population. The latest emergency measles vaccine was conducted in Costa Rica in 2011 and has 93% coverage, even these extraordinary campaigns are recommended by the World Health Organization (WHO).
This new vaccination campaign against measles aims to reduce the amount of susceptible population and raise awareness of the importance of this health insurance as this is the only way to reduce the risk of serious complications caused by this virus, such as blindness, encephalitis, severe diarrhea, ear infections and pneumonia. The Costa Rica susceptibility index is very high and is considered to be at risk.
On this occasion, we have received 770,000 doses, which will be administered on its own, from the usual vaccination that takes place each year for the pediatric population.
This vaccine should be given to all children, even those who already have the full schedule, because what is required is to strengthen the barriers to immunization.
Vaccines are in the country, and the distribution process has already begun in the 104 districts located throughout national geography. At this point, we are working on the entire logistics process to achieve the desired coverage for this type of health interventions.
Sea beds are a very contagious and serious illness caused by viruses that spread easily through the air through drops coming from the nose, mouth or pharynx (such as coughing and sneezing) of infected people.
Symptoms of this disease usually begin between 8 and 12 days after exposure to the virus. Children under 5 and adults over 20 are more likely to get complications.
Common complications caused by measles include ear infections and diarrhea. Other complications may occur, such as pneumonia (lung infection), encephalitis (inflammation of the brain) and blindness. These complications can even cause death.
In the case of pregnant women, measles can cause premature pregnancy and the birth of a baby with a low birth weight.
Measles is a very contagious disease for which there is no specific treatment; therefore, it is important to protect children from this disease by vaccination.
In Costa Rica, the measles vaccine is included in the scheme offered by the Costa Rican Social Security Fund as part of the protection against measles, rubella and mumps.
This vaccine is given to children every year and three months from birth and during the 7 years of schooling.
Despite the fact that no cases of measles have been reported in our country since 2005, there are currently many countries in the region where there are confirmed cases of measles.
Therefore, the Costa Rican Social Security Fund will conduct an extra vaccination campaign to apply an additional dose of the AIDS vaccine to all children aged between 15 months and 9 years, up to 9 years, 11 months and 30 days.