San José, November 21 (Elpaís.cr) .- Since CCSS will make an extraordinary vaccine to increase the immunization barrier against this disease, children under the age of 15 months and 10 years will have to protect themselves from measles. antivirals.
This vaccine will start on 12 December and will end in all vaccines we distribute on national territory on February 8: 104 health sites and 1047 Comprehensive Healthcare Basic Teams (Ebais). Approximately $ 1.2 million is an institutional investment.
According to Roberto Cervantes, medical director of the institution, the National Vaccine Commission was adopted by the government because it circulated in other countries of the world, including Venezuela, Brazil, Colombia, Argentina, Canada, Ecuador. There are about 7 thousand cases in the United States, Mexico and Guatemala, and about 72 deaths (10 in Brazil and 62 in Venezuela).
According to the institution's medical authority, this public health intervention aims to immunize the vulnerable population that is unprotected against this virus for a variety of reasons, because every year there is the accumulation of vulnerable people who can be an easy target. Enter this virus in the national region because it could not develop antibodies or they were not protected against this infectious disease for any reason.
In addition, we should add the number of fathers and mothers to their children who cannot be "fashioned against vaccination" without knowing their serious harm to their children and the people of Costa Rica.
It is estimated that approximately 10% of the children vaccinated each year are not protected from the disease and therefore an extraordinary vaccination is required to maintain this population at all times. The last extraordinary vaccination against measles was carried out in Costa Rica in 2011 and had a 93% coverage and even these extraordinary campaigns were recommended by the World Health Organization (WHO).
This new vaccination campaign against measles aims to increase the awareness of the importance of this service, as it is the only way to reduce the amount of sensitive populations and reduce the risk of serious complications caused by this virus, such as blindness and encephalitis. Severe diarrhea, ear infections and pneumonia. The sensitivity index in Costa Rica is very high and is considered risky.
On this occasion, we received a 770 thousand dose each year, independent of the usual vaccination for the child population.
This vaccine should be given to all children, even those who already have a full scheme, because it is necessary to strengthen the vaccination barriers.
Vaccines are in the country and the distribution process has started in 104 areas in the national geography. We are currently working on the entire logistics process to achieve the desired scope for this type of health intervention.
Measles is a highly contagious and serious disease caused by airborne viruses through drops from the nose, mouth or pharynx (such as coughing and sneezing) of infected people.
The symptoms of this disease usually begin from 8 to 12 days after exposure to the virus. Children under 5 years of age and adults over 20 years of age are more likely to experience complications.
Common complications caused by measles include ear infections and diarrhea. Other complications such as pneumonia (infection of the lungs), encephalitis (inflammation of the brain) and blindness can also be seen. These complications can even cause death.
In pregnant women, measles can lead to early pregnancies and the birth of a baby with a low birth weight.
Measles is a highly contagious disease with no specific treatment; Therefore, it is important to protect children by vaccination against this disease.
In Costa Rica, the measles vaccine is part of the program offered by the Costa Rica Social Security Fund as part of protection against measles, rubella and mumps (mumps).
This vaccine is administered to children up to 7 years of age when they begin their class and quarterly births and the scholastic phase.
Although there are no cases of measles reported in our country since 2005, there are currently many countries in the region that have confirmed the cases of measles.
For this reason, the Costa Rica Social Security Fund will carry out an extraordinary vaccination campaign for all children aged between 15 and 9 years with an additional dose of SRP vaccine for a maximum of 9 years, 11 months and 30 days.