In the last week of vaccination against measles and rubella, which runs until November 30, from the Ministry of Health, it is necessary to meet the 12 percent of the children between 13 months and 4 years who still need to receive it.
So far, 88% of the target population has been vaccinated, according to the director of Epidemiology, Ana Bertone. This vaccine is free and will be compulsory for the next registrations in kindergartens.
The campaign began nationwide on Oct. 1 and runs through Nov. 30, vaccinating children ages 13 months to 4 years, all over the province "with an additional dose of free MMR vaccine."
Bertone said that this population to be vaccinated implies something more than 20 thousand children of the province, of which three thousand were still missing "to reach the objective". Differentiating in age groups, indicated that they would lack "especially the younger ones".
The official also commented that different strategies are being elaborated because "we know that the final stretch is the most difficult, it is the population that normally does not attend to get vaccinated." And he clarified that this measles and rubella vaccination campaign is a public health strategy prioritized by the provincial government and is mandatory.
In that regard, he noted that "this is the documentation that will be required for the enrollment of children in the next school year of kindergarten." In addition, he said he is being prosecuted nationally for Anses to request the same documentation for his family's procedures, "trying to make it a way to make vaccination effective."
All this applies, according to Bertone, "because we are talking about diseases that are only prevented with vaccines, that have no specific treatment and are causes of morbidity and mortality in children under 5 years in immunocompromised people and also rubella is related to the congenital rubella syndrome that brings malformations to unborn children. With which, he emphasized, without a doubt, these preventive measures are prioritized.
To reinforce this strategy, the government has set an example for Venezuela, where it stopped vaccinating in the face of the crisis, "and already has more than 5,000 cases of measles, with more than 70 deaths, which is a sign that if vaccination, these types of diseases are emerging. "
On the other hand, he said that "vaccines are victims of their success; when you have high coverage, people forget the risk of disease, but they are not just because they are vaccinating, but when you stop doing it, those diseases return "And in that sense the same thing happens with tetanus, whooping cough, diphtheria, measles and rubella," it means a return to the back, "he said.
Specifically in relation to La Pampa, he said: "we had suspicious cases that we discarded." In Argentina there are 14 cases in Buenos Aires that are being controlled. "But," he added, "we have the permanent risk, plus there are a group of susceptible people, and this implies children who are not vaccinated, plus 10% who are but do not respond to the vaccine, then there is a group susceptible to diseases, in addition to the entire epidemiological situation in the world. "
Finally, to highlight the last stage of the vaccination, the director of Epidemiology reiterated that the health teams prioritize this campaign, "the vaccination schedules are extended and in different places goes from house to house to find who is missing."
Added this notice through the media to people who have not yet gotten vaccinated "to do so at the nearest Health Center, because throughout the province this campaign is being carried out for free."
They realize day in COPD
Organized by the Ministry of Health of the Province and the Lucio Molas Hospital, a day of awareness about Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease (COPD) will be held today from 9 am to 12 noon in Praça San Martín. Spirometry (lung measurements) will be performed at the moment, for those who wish.
The announcement was made by Laura Vigliotta, Associate Director of the Hospital Lucio Molas, and the pulmonologist of the establishment, Luján Rolando.
Vigliotta highlighted the objectives and scope of the initiative in terms of prevention. "This pathology affects between 14 and 15% of the Argentine population in people over the age of 40. It is one of the most frequent chronic diseases in the world, because of the implication it has in both the patients' quality of life and in the pathologies that can is triggering this day of awareness and detection in those who want to be screened (measures of COPD), "said the doctor.Professional at a press conference.
Rolando, in turn, referred to the characteristics of people who are able to take preventive measures: "People over 40 years of age smoke or smoke at some point in their lives. in the morning (today) we will facilitate access to the study, although the Hospital is easy to perform. "
In this sense, he said, "In the first instance, we will do this through a simple measurement with an instrument, it is used to blow strong and fast for six seconds, and lung capacity values are reached. of standard air flow, there is derived to a spirometry ".
The pneumologist added that "90% of patients with COPD are smokers, but other values are also given by kitchens or wood-burning. Patients suffering from this pathology perceive this as they move more easily, making less and less physical effort ".