Tuesday , April 20 2021

Minsal started the measles vaccination campaign

The Ministry of Health initiated a vaccination campaign against measles as a measure to prevent cases imported by the virus.

The call is to strengthen or update vaccination people born between 1995 and 1999, aged between 20 and 24 years, 11 months and 29 days.

Until this Friday, There have been 23 cases recorded -12 men and 11 women – confirmed by the Public Health Institute (ISP) at national level.

Undersecretary of Public Health, Paula Daza, explained that "when we evaluate the Chilean population, we have a very good coverage of vaccination, it was found that this population (20-24 years old) was not exposed to circulating virus, which produces immunity ".

"It is a population that had a lower coverage of vaccination, below 90%, and it is important to say that we had a population of young people who have arrived from other countries, from countries where vaccination coverage is very low, "he said.

While the infectious disease specialist at Clínica Las Condes, Rodolfo Villena, said that through immunization "there is a benefit of personal protection and, most importantly, there is a role in society that we all play."

This, he said, "because people who have the highest risk of illness and death are under one year and generally can not be protected by vaccines." The only way in which 250,000 children born every year in Chile are protected by an absolutely serious and fatal disease is that we, as a society, know that we need to create a protective shell for the immunosuppressed, for pregnant women, and also for children under one year ".

The campaign will run until February 28th, with the possibility of extending the time required to reach 80% coverage.

In addition, recommendations are kept for the next people traveling outside of China:

  • Travels born in 1971 and 1981 and that they had no history of receiving 2 doses of vaccine after 12 months.
  • Children over 1 year and under 7 years of age who have a single dose, should be vaccinated at least 2 weeks before traveling.
  • Children between 6 and 11 months, aged 29 days, must receive a dose at least two weeks before traveling.

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