Over 700 thousand boys and girls were not vaccinated

This is what the Ministry of Health of the country warned today at least 713 thousand girls and boys between 1 and 4 years old are susceptible to measles, rubella and mumps. This is a population that has not been vaccinated or has had an inadequate immune response. Faced with this scenario, The national government will launch a follow-up campaign on October 1 to administer an additional dose of the vaccine against these three viruses and another against polio.

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The minister Carla Vicetti confirmed today that it causes a high risk of outbreaks of these diseases that have been eliminated in Argentina, “Over time, among children who have not been vaccinated and those who have not had an adequate immune response, susceptibility accumulates and when it reaches a number like the one we have today, which reaches or exceeds the number of children born alive per year, is considered to have a high risk of an epidemic,” the official explained.

The number of live births in 2020, the year the coronavirus pandemic began, is 530,000 babies. A figure that is below the 713,000 children between the ages of 1 and 4 who are likely to become ill. This would mean that all babies born after a year and a half could become infected with these viruses. “This usually happens every four years, and that’s why we run these campaigns to administer additional doses to rapidly reduce the risk of susceptibles,” Vizzotti added.

The national follow-up campaign against measles, rubella, mumps and polio will run for six weeks (October 1 to November 13) and aims to reach more than 2.3 million girls and boys between 13 months and 4 years inclusive (4 years, 11 months and 29 days). Doses previously received do not matter. The Ministry of Health’s Undersecretary for Health Strategy, Juan Manuel Castelli, said the goal is to achieve coverage of more than 95% for the dose of the triple viral vaccine (measles, rubella and mumps). In addition to including an additional dose of inactivated polio vaccine. “These additional doses have to be administered and in fact they will be registered as ‘additional’ in the health record, which means that after five years the scheme should be completed,” the official added.

as published elDiarioAR, from the Argentine Society of Infectious Diseases they also urged families to complete the mandatory vaccination schedule to avoid outbreaks. Despite the fact that vaccination was considered essential during the pandemic, registrations fell and in 2020 no vaccine exceeded 80% coverage nationwide. Specialists pointed out that if the immunity of the population is below 90%, these diseases can circulate again.

The national vaccination calendar provides protection against measles, rubella and mumps through a triple viral vaccination for girls and boys aged 12 months and 5 years; while three doses at 2, 4 and 6 months and a booster at 5 years are established for protection against poliomyelitis. The campaign is free, mandatory and does not require a medical order. It can also be administered in conjunction with that of Covid-19. Low rates of administration have also been recorded for these vaccines. According to what this newspaper published, in the province and in the city of Buenos Aires it does not exceed 5%.

“Although we have been free of circulating wild poliovirus since 1984 and there have been no endemic cases of measles since 2000 or rubella or congenital rubella syndrome since 2009, there are some situations that need to be taken into account.” , Castelli explained. He further recalled that “there is a risk of constant reintroduction of these viruses as they continue to circulate in the rest of the world. There have been outbreaks of measles in Brazil, the United States, Asian countries, and Europe; in fact, in the Region of the Americas, Brazil and Venezuela lost their measles-free status”.


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