In the last week of measles and red dogs vaccination, which runs until 30 November, the Ministry of Health wants to participate in 12 percent of children between 13 months and 4 years who still need to receive it.
So far, 88% of the target population has been vaccinated, according to Ana Bertone, Director of Epidemiology. This vaccine is free and will be mandatory for the next registration to the day care center.
The campaign started at the national level on October 1 and extends until 30 November and vaccines children from 13 months to 4 years throughout the province "with an additional dose of triple virus vaccine, which is free".
Bertone pointed out that this population to be vaccinated involves more than 20,000 children in the province, of which there were still three thousand missing "to achieve the target". Differentiation in age groups indicated that they would be missing "especially the youngest".
The officer also commented that different strategies were designed because "we know that the last stretch is the hardest, it's the population that usually does not participate in getting vaccinated." And he clarified that this vaccination campaign against measles and rubella is a public health strategy that is prioritized by the provincial government and is mandatory.
In this regard, he pointed out that "this is documentation that will be required for enrollment of children in the next school year in kindergarten." In addition, he said that it is being treated at national level so Anses requests the same documentation for procedures that correspond to the family, "trying to make it a way to make vaccination effective".
All of this is true, according to Bertone, "because we are talking about disease-only vaccines, no specific treatment and there are causes of morbidity and mortality in children under 5 years of age, in immunocompromised persons and also rubella is related to the congenital rubella syndrome that causes malformations to unborn children. With which he stressed, these prevention measures are undoubtedly prioritized.
To reinforce this strategy, the official gave an example of Venezuela, where she stopped vaccinating before the crisis "and already has more than 5,000 cases of measles with over 70 deaths, it is a sign that if vaccination, these types of diseases return."
On the other hand, he claimed that "vaccines are victims of their success: when you have high coverage, people forget the risk of illnesses, but they are not just because they vaccinate, but when you stop doing these diseases, they return." And in that regard happens with stubble cramps, with pertussis, with diphtheria, measles and rubella, "means a return to the back," he said.
Specifically, regarding La Pampa, he said: "We had suspected cases we have ruled out." In Argentina there are 14 cases in Buenos Aires that are checked. "But," he said, "we have the permanent risk. In addition, there is a group of susceptible persons, which means that non-vaccinated children 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, point out this last stage of the vaccination, the director of epidemiology, that health clubs prioritize the campaign, "vaccination schedules are expanded and in different places you leave houses for finding missing ones."
Add this message via the media to people who have not yet vaccinated "to do it at the nearest health center because the entire campaign is conducted free of charge."
They realize day on COPD
Organized by the Ministry of the Environment and Lucio Molas Hospital, one day with awareness of chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD) is being held today, from 9 to 12 in San Martín Square. Spirometries (lung measurements) will be performed right now, for those who wish.
The announcement was made by Laura Vigliotta, Deputy Director of Lucio Molas Hospital, and the pneumonologist at the plant, Luján Rolando.
Vigliotta highlighted the objective and scope of the initiative in preventive measures. "This pathology affects between 14 and 15% of the Argentine population in people over 40 years, one of the most common chronic diseases in the world. Because of its implications both in the quality of life of the patient and in the pathologies that can escape , is that we exercise this day with awareness and detection among those who want to be screened (measurements of COPD), "said Professional at a press conference.
Rolando, meanwhile, referred to the characteristics of people who can take preventive measurements: "People over the age of 40 who smoke or have smoked sometime in their lives. All of these patients should have a spirometric study. In the morning session (for today), we will facilitate access to the study, but at the hospital it is easy to perform. "
In this way he said that "in the first place we do it by simple measurement with an instrument, it is used by blowing fast and fast for six seconds, and the lung capacity values are reached. If the patient does not reach the standard airflow value, it is derived to a spirometry ".
Pulmonologists admitted that "90% of COPD patients are smokers, but in other values it is also given by kitchen or heating. Patients suffering from this pathology notice it as they move easier, which makes less and less physical effort."