As part of the prevention strategy for the outbreak of imported measles, the immunization campaign has targeted the target public across the country: young people between 20 and 24 years, 11 months and 29 days, in order to strengthen or update the measles. vaccine that is currently provided to other groups at risk, the so-called Three Viruses, which covers measles, rubella and mumps.
Measles is a contagious viral disease that is transmitted by droplets of the nose, mouth and pharynx of infected people. Despite this, it has been a disease eliminated in Chile since 1992, however, due to the presence of outbreaks in different countries of the Americas, the risk of import cases persists.
For the O & # 39; Higgins region, there are 67,000 doses for the target audience, where young people should go to the nearest health center and apply for their ID card for the vaccine, which is free and will be available until the day February 28th. , with possibilities for expansion, provided that 80% coverage is not reached.
Seremi Saúde, Rafael Borgoño, said that "it is a universal free vaccination for the target group determined, regardless of whether it is Fonasa or Isapre, everyone has the right to said vaccine."
It is for this reason that Cescar 2 de Rancagua was the place where regional health authorities gave their place to the campaign, where a dozen young people were immunized.
The head of the regional health portfolio added that "this is a specific campaign that will last until the last day of February, but I want to emphasize that the vaccination strategy is maintained for those born between 1971 and 1981 who travel abroad and, of course, immunization is maintained for children under 1 year and for those who attend the first basics. "
Despite this, authorities say there is a group of people who must be careful "it is not recommended for pregnant women and for those who want to get pregnant, it should wait about 3 months after receiving the dose of the vaccine."
At the same time, the director of Cormun Rancagua's Health Division, José Antonio Cavieres, commented that "yesterday we had more than 60 young people who were vaccinated against measles at Cesfam 2, so we are very happy with the enthusiasm of young people. I want to emphasize that our six family health centers will make every effort to achieve the necessary coverage. "