On July 1, the Department of Health and Social Protection announced that the booster dose was already part of the vaccination schedule for the expanded immunization program (PAI) in Colombia. In this sense, all children who, after July 1, 2019, will be five years old, will be able to gain strength against this disease.
There are 9,439 children in Cartagena who have to receive this dose of reinforcement, so the District Administrative Department for Health (Dadis) calls on parents, guardians and responsible to take to vaccinate children.
"The booster dose for varicella is a vaccine that will be given concurrently with the second booster of polio, diphtheria, tetanus, donkey cough, measles, rubella and mumps." This boost will strengthen the child's immune system to protect it from viruses and bacteria who cause these ailments, "said Dadis director Antonio Savini.
Varicella is an acute viral disease that causes small blisters on the skin of the wearer. According to the World Health Organization (WHO), it is present throughout the world, and while in childhood is a benign disease, adults tend to gain more weight.
Dadis has confirmed that the vaccine will be available in 75 public and private vaccinations (40 public and 35 private) in the city. Parents must submit the vaccination card only for free.
Working hours are from 8:00 in the morning until 3:00 in the afternoon. The first dose of varicella vaccine is given to children when they are younger than 1 year old and up to five.
According to the Ministry of Health, 18,665 episodes have been reported so far in 2019. This year, places where varicella is the most common are Bogota (3,186), Kundynamarka (1246), Sucre (728), San Andres (93) and Amazonas (64).
Recommendations to be taken into account
By returning to student classes, the District Administrative Department of Health, Dadis, provides a series of recommendations for the prevention of a chicken pox.
– If the child has a feverish picture, parents should not send them to school to rate from home if the outbreak occurs later and check if it is a chickenpox.
– Everyone who presents chickenpox should have utensils to eat their food (plates, glasses, cutlery, etc.), remember that the disease is transmitted by droplets of saliva.
– If you are in crowded places where there are cases of chickenpox, the use of masks can be very helpful in preventing drops of saliva suspended in the air thrown by a man with the virus to infect him.
– It is important to disinfect with common hypochlorite the common parts of schools, hospitals, populated areas or closed communities and other places where the inflow of personnel is high, in addition to the objects of frequent manipulation.