Since October 1, the National Campaign for Measles and Rubella Monitoring has been developed, which will end next Friday, November 30. The goal is to vaccinate all children between 13 months and 4 years, inclusive, with an additional, mandatory and free dose of triple viral vaccine, regardless of whether or not they have received previous doses.
The triple viral vaccine is also an opportunity to protect against mumps. No medical request will be requested and will be applied to all health centers and public hospitals in the country.
Population and vaccination objectives
"Until the last day, 73% of the total goal of the country had been vaccinated. This advance of goal exceeded that of the 2014 campaign, which was the last one, although we still want to reach the 27% that is missing," said the head of Immunization of the Ministry of Health, Cristian Biscayart.
Children ranging from 13 months to 4 year olds should be vaccinated. This includes those who are not yet 5 years old.
The official added that the total number of children to be vaccinated was 2,900,000. These numbers were obtained from the census results delivered by the provinces. While the campaign ends next Friday, Biscayart explained to PROFILE that from the early days of December there will be teams monitoring sites where there are boys without getting vaccinated to reach the largest possible population.
The Ministry of Health website explains that Argentina has managed to eliminate the endemic circulation of measles and rubella. However, these viruses continue to cause disease in other countries. The permanent mobility of people creates the risk of reintroduction of these viruses into the country. Therefore, vaccination is the most effective strategy to prevent measles and rubella.
On the other hand, the head of the Department of Epidemiology of the Ricardo Gutiérrez Pediatric Hospital, Angela Gentile, explained to PROFILE: "This campaign is carried out every four years, not only in Argentina but throughout Latin America. susceptible population that remains either because it was not vaccinated at the time, when it was at the time of the year, or because it enters the primary vaccine failure, ie, although the vaccine is applied under the best of circumstances, 10% of the boys do not respond to this vaccine. For the sum of both, the number of susceptibles in the country is increasing and that is why every 4 years all the countries of Latin America carry out this measles follow-up campaign. "