Tuesday , April 20 2021

The Ministry of Health has asked young people aged 20-24 to vaccinate against domestic measles

With information from María José Montero.

The measles, rubella and parotid vaccination campaign is valid for the 20-24 age group. The measure was scheduled, but it is even more relevant due to measles burst, which records 23 cases in the country. Immunization is free throughout the national territory and lasts until February 28, with the possibility of extension if 80% coverage is not achieved. Undersecretary of Public Health, Paula Daza, explained that this age group is fundamental because it has a lower coverage and is a population that was not exposed to the virus, which means they have less immunity.

"The first thing is to do a campaign in which people in this age range reach vaccination centers to be vaccinated. They will not require a medical order, it is a free vaccine, "he said.

Luis del Piano, chairman of the Chilean infectious diseases society highlighted that it is important for young people between 20 and 24 years of age to go to health centers, to receive the vaccine, more with increasing migration of the young adult population and when it is not known whether or not they were vaccinated during childhood.

"We have to make all possible calls because it's a population far removed from the vaccination program. There is a lot of promotion, pointing out that it is relevant to them as well as to the rest of the juvenile population that can be immunized"said the expert.

It is expected to vaccinate more than 1 million 390,000 people, belonging to the 20-24 age group. In addition, the recommendation is maintained for those traveling outside China who were born between 1971 and 1981, and who had no history of having received the second dose of vaccine after 12 months of age.

Also as part of National Immunization Plan one-year children should be inoculated, corresponding to the first dose and repeat the vaccine at seven years, and it is extended as a preventative measure for infants aged 6 to 11 months who, in case of travel, should be vaccinated at least two weeks before leaving the country.

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