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Mass.: The campaign ends and almost a third of the children are not vaccinated

Infectologists point to insufficient results due to the lack of timely supply of raw materials, the non-allocation of additional resources to reinforce vaccine staff and the low prevalence of population initiatives


Within three days, the National Vaccination Campaign against measles, rubella and mumps is completed, and, as the Ministry of Health acknowledges, almost one third of the population of children that was to be sucked is still not vaccinated. At a time when there was a boar in the region, in our province, where the vaccine level was one of the lowest in the country, initiatives aimed at reinforcing the protection of Argentine children were low.

In this alarming context, the National Institutes of Health called for children from 13 months to 4 years of age to use the last days of the campaign to receive immunizations that are "compulsory and free" in order to achieve a higher level of coverage in this way.

In evaluating the national vaccination campaign against measles resulting in an additional three-fold dose of viral vaccine, health authorities confirmed concerns: that a large proportion of the population targeted was not vaccinated. Against the 2,817,000 target children, on 18 November only an additional 2054, 779 had received an additional dose. "We still need to specify about 750,000 children, so coverage has so far been 73% across the country," says Cristian Biscayart, director of Immunopreparable Diseases Control.

"National vaccination campaign against measles, rubella and mumps is an unsuccessful example of the lack of efficiency in the activities. In October, 80% of the target child was vaccinated and the other in November – but by November 18, 73% of the population had been vaccinated far from the planned 90%. The worst case was in the province of Buenos Aires , where only 59% of vaccinations have been vaccinated, and the achievements of each municipality are different but have not achieved the goal, "said Silvia Gonzalez Ayala, Department of Infectious Diseases at the Faculty of Medicine, UNLP yesterday.

As Gonzalez, who also integrates the SADI Vaccine Commission, notes that the campaign's scarcity is the year when, "in some cases vaccination has been interrupted by vaccines (such as tetravalent conjugated meningococci, tetravalent human papillomavirus, Sabin bivalent poliovirus and chicken pox).

The problem was due to "various causes" that infectious diseases: the role of leader at different levels; Providing incorrect raw materials (vaccines and disposables for their application) or allocating resources such as overtime or staffing; exhaustion of vaccination means with more tasks and without stimuli; and low / zero media coverage, among others ".

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