Due to the shortfall in vaccination against COVID 19 and immunization against 26 other diseases in practically all age groups, the health authorities of the world have activated the alarm. For this reason, on this Saturday, the Ministry of Health and Social Security is calling upon the country.
,We start school in 2023, so it is very important that boys and girls complete their vaccination plans that protect them from polio, measles, hepatitis… For this reason, this January 28 we have more than 2,000 points available throughout the country to be able to carry out the vaccination plans”, said Health Minister Carolina Corcho.
He noted that “For those pregnant women who are expecting their baby, it is important to consider vaccination for influenza. That’s why we invite them to get vaccinated.”
It is important to clarify that in the Expanded Immunization Scheme, PAI implements 21 traditional vaccines, which are used for 26 diseases in total; Some already mentioned and organic are also in the list Against hepatitis A and B, meningitis, poliomyelitis, measles, mumps or mumps, rubella, yellow fever. In addition, for children below three years of age and above, the vaccine against COVID 19 has been enabled.
change in vaccination schedule
During the day of this Saturday, one will attend Update plans for children at 18 months, “so that they can receive one dose of pentavalent and a second dose of triple virulent, which were previously only implemented after age 5; to gain protection at an earlier age” this last provision”, explained the deputy director.
These are vaccination points
For this, 2,500 vaccination points will be enabled on Saturday, January 28. To find their location, you can use this platform of the Ministry of Health, which allows you to select the department, municipality or city to show vaccination locations.
Furthermore, in the case of Bogotá, the Ministry of Health publishes daily on Twitter the locations where teams of vaccinators against COVID-19 are located.
With the return to school it is necessary to keep the vaccination schedule up to date
In line with calls from the world and national authorities, other voices in the health sector made other arguments for getting vaccinated against various diseases.
“The start of the school season is an opportunity for us to continue protecting the health of our children. With low immunity, by not vaccinating, we not only expose them to diseases that can be preventedBut, taking into account that they will be in contact with their peers and even at-risk adults, we contribute to an increase in the transmission chain. Parents and caregivers are key players in the prevention of outbreaks of various maladies”, explained Ofelia Vergara, Medical Manager of Sanofi Vaccines for the Andean Region, Central America and the Caribbean.
According to the Epidemiology Bulletin of the National Institutes of Health (INS), Meningitis cases to increase by 54% between 2021 and 2022 (reported from 752 to 1,161), whooping cough by 56% (from 1,678 to 2,625 reports), 10% (from 11 to 12 reports) for diphtheria, and 15% (from 134 to 154 reports) for acute flaccid paralysis,” which is characterized by loss or decrease in muscle power, and which, although Not all cases are due to polio, it becomes a surveillance tool to put out an alert when this happens,” he explained to Sanofi.