In the last week of vaccinations against measles and rubella, which lasts until November 30, the Ministry of Health calls for 12 percent of children aged between 13 months and 4 years who still have to receive it.
To date, 88% of the target population has been vaccinated, according to Ana Bertone, director of epidemiology. This vaccine is free of charge and will be mandatory for the following kindergarten enrollments.
The campaign began at national level on October 1 and extends until November 30, when children from 13 months to 4 years are vaccinated throughout the province "with an additional dose of triple viral vaccine that is free of charge."
Bertone stressed that this population to be vaccinated involves more than 20,000 children in the province, of which three thousand more would be missing, "to achieve the goal." Differentiating the age groups, he indicated that they would "miss the" youngest in particular.
The official also commented that different strategies are being developed because "we know that the final stretch is the most difficult, it is the population that usually does not participate in the vaccination." 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 noted that "this is the documentation that will be required for enrolling children in the next school year of the kindergarten." In addition, he said he was processed nationwide, so Anses requested the same documentation for family-friendly procedures, "trying to make it a way to make vaccination effective."
All of this applies, according to Bertone, "because we are talking about diseases that are not only treated with vaccines that do not have a specific treatment and which are causes of morbidity and mortality in children under 5, in immunocompromised and rubella patients with syndrome congenital rubella that brings malformations to unborn babies. With which, he pointed out, these preventive measures are undoubtedly prioritized.
In order to strengthen this strategy, the official gave Venezuelan example, where he had vaccinated against the crisis, "and already has over 5,000 cases of measles with more than 70 deaths, which means that if vaccinations, these types of diseases re emergent.
On the other hand, he argued that "vaccines are the victims of his success; When you have a high coverage, people forget about the risk of disease, but they are not just because they are vaccinated, while when you do not do that, they they are coming back ". And in this sense, the same thing happens to tetanus, pertussis, diphtheria, measles and rubella "involves a return to the back," he said.
Regarding La Pampa, he said: "We had suspicious cases that we excluded." There are 14 cases in Argentina in Buenos Aires, which are controlled. "But," he said, "we have the permanent risk, adding that there is a group of susceptible people, which involves children who are not vaccinated, plus 10% who are but do not respond to the vaccine, so there is a group susceptible to diseases, plus the epidemiological situation of the world ".
Finally, to highlight this last stage of vaccination, the Director of Epidemiology reiterated that health teams give priority to this campaign, "vaccination programs are prolonged and in different places is left home to find missing ones ".
He has added this media notification to people who have not yet come to vaccinate "to do so at the nearest Health Center because this campaign is running for free throughout the province."
They realize the COPD days
Organized by the Provincial Ministry of Health and Lucio Molas Hospital, a day of awareness of Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease (COPD) will be held today, from 9 to 12 in San Martín Square. Currently, spirometry (pulmonary measurements) will be performed for those who want it.
The announcement was made by Laura Vigliotta, associate director of Lucio Molas Hospital and institution's pneumonologist Luján Rolando.
Vigliotta highlighted the objectives and scope of the prevention initiative. This pathology affects between 14 and 15% of the Argentine population in people over 40, is one of the most common chronic diseases in the world. Due to its implications, both in terms of patients' quality of life and pathologies that may be unleashed, we are doing this day of awareness and detection to those who want to be examined (COPD measurements) " , said Profesionist 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 smoked at some point in their lives. All of these patients should have a spirometry study. in the morning (for today) we will facilitate access to the study, although it is easy to achieve in the hospital. "
In this sense, he said that "first of all we will do it by simple measurement with a tool, it will be used by strong and rapid blowing for six seconds and the values of the pulmonary capacity will be achieved." If the patient does not reach the standard values airflow, a spirometry is obtained. "
Pulmonologist added that 90% of patients with COPD are smokers, but other values are also given by kitchens or wood heating. Patients who suffer from this pathology notice that they move more easily, making less and less physical effort. "