Tuesday , April 20 2021

Minsal calls for the vaccination of youngsters born between 1995 and 1999 for the outbreak of domestic measles

The Ministry of Health (Minsal) called all young people born between 1995 and 1999 to be vaccinated for the outbreak of measles that has been registered in the country lately.

Through his website, Minsal reported the start of the preventive campaign for those who have between 20 and 24 years 11 months and 29 days until January 4th.

Is about a "triple" Protects against measles, rubella and parotiditis (SRP) and can be purchased in both public and private vaccines.

"It is important to say that today we are with an outbreak that is controlled and to continue this control on January 2 we started a vaccination campaign," said Undersecretary of Health, Paula Daza.

The reasons for starting this process, the official added, is that the population born during this period "was not exposed to circulating virus, which produces immunity."

The group also had Vaccination coverage below 90% according to the statistics that the authorities manage.

According to the information provided by Deputy Secretary Daza, another justification for this vaccination application is the arrival of aliens from "countries where vaccination coverage is very low".

The outbreak of measles associated with import, up to today, January 4, amounts to 23 confirmed cases (12 men and 11 women), according to the Institute of Public Health.

The vaccination process was initially set up by February 28, but could be extended until it reaches 80% of the target population exceeding 1 million 390 thousand people.

In Chile, after discontinuation of native measles transmission in 1992, there were isolated cases or sporadic measles outbreaks related to cases imported in the summer of 1998-1999, in 2003, 2009, 2011 and 2015, Minsal reported.

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