Wednesday , May 18 2022

Around the world, a child dies every 20 seconds of preventable diseases with vaccines


In the world every 20 seconds a child dies because of illnesses that could have been prevented from vaccination, so it is important to be informed and to become aware of the importance of protecting themselves through vaccines, some specialists said Friday.

"It's a very complicated issue because people still in the 21st century are still afraid that vaccines will have side effects and because anti-vaccine groups continue to misinform," said Antonio Luvanov for Efe.

The chairman of the Mexican Association for Infectious Diseases stated that annual vaccines succeed in preventing about 2.5 million infant deaths in the world. However, there is still a long way to go to work to protect this population, which is one of the most vulnerable.

Luévanos pointed out that further 500,000 deaths per year could be prevented if it was possible to reach the number of people vaccinated and that complications from acute respiratory infections, which often lead to death, are most likely to be prevented.

"The transmission of the pneumococcal virus, like we are practically all people, is one of the main concerns that this bacterium causes acute respiratory tract infections, such as pneumonia, which is the main cause of infant death in the world," he pointed out.

He explained that in Mexico only lung inflammation occurred in 2017 about 130,000 Mexicans, of which 56 percent corresponded to children under 4 years and adults over 65 years.

Dr Marte Hernández Porras, child specialist in infectious diseases at the National Institute of Pediatrics, explained that pneumonia is a bacterial lung infection that may intervene in any place and lifestyle that is more fatal in people over 65 years of age, under 5 years of age, pregnant, diabetic and hypertensive.

"The good news is that it's a disease that can be prevented with a vaccine, the important thing is that people know and are aware of it to avoid complications if the condition occurs," said the specialist.

Meanwhile, Dr Rodrigo Romero, secretary of the Mexico Association for Vaccinology (AMV), said that increased access to immunization is crucial for achieving the sustainable development goals established by the World Health Organization 2030.

"Vaccines prevent not only suffering and premature deaths, but also enables the achievement of national priorities such as education and economic development," said the expert.

To raise awareness in the population for vaccination, not only against this but against multiple infectious diseases, AMV and the National Center for Childhood and Adolescent Health, presented the vaccination campaign.

"People should know that vaccines are safe, they are all exposed to careful tests during different phases of clinical trials and are still being evaluated when they go to market," Romero explained.

The goal, he said, is to spread through a website and online consultation the benefits offered by vaccination to promote a healthier Mexico.

"One of the country's biggest challenges is to face the lack of information about vaccination, so we decided to develop this initiative," he explained.

He added that this is intended to help supervisors and doctors to access the child's vaccination system and to connect parents to their children's health by providing accurate, up-to-date and up-to-date information and eradicating false beliefs.

"We must fight against vaccination campaigns and the only way is to promote information in people," concluded the specialist.


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