Child vaccination, task and commitment of all – El Sol de México

Christopher Thompson, Executive Director of AMIIF

An issue that has recently attracted a lot of attention, because it is directly related to our future, is the importance of girls and boys having their full vaccination schedule.

The recognition that vaccination is the most effective public health measure for the eradication of infectious diseases has favored the expansion of vaccination strategies throughout the world, resulting in notable increases in childhood vaccination coverage between 1980 and 2010.1

However, in the last decade this growth was reduced in several countries, including Mexico, even though our country has one of the most complete schemes in the world.2 This reduction was even more notable due to the Covid pandemic -19.

According to data from the National Survey of Health and Nutrition (Ensanut) Continuous 2021, in our country the coverage with complete vaccination schedule in girls and boys of 1 year was only 27.5% and 31.1% in girls and boys of 2 years.3

Vaccination coverage with the four-vaccine schedule in one- and two-year-old infants reached the highest level in 2006 (78.4 and 84.7%, respectively) and decreased between 2012 and 2018. Currently, only a third of the population has the vaccination schedule. four vaccinations.4

In Mexico and the world, vaccination gaps can have important impacts in the short term, such as the risk of disease outbreaks and overloaded health systems.

in the report “Guiding Principles for Recovery, Building Resilience, and Strengthening Immunization in 2022 and Beyond”5, the World Health Organization (WHO), shares a series of recommendations to countries to strengthen immunization programs in the context of Covid-19, including the introduction and expansion of vaccination against this virus.

The WHO recommendations include: identify and prioritize people of all eligible age groups who did not receive the vaccines, particularly the most vulnerable populations and communities; develop and implement strategies to prevent outbreaks by diseases such as measles, polio or yellow fever; update knowledge and practice of health workers on vaccination policies, permitted intervals between doses, infection prevention and control measures, as well as response to outbreaks.

Additionally, the WHO calls for the development of partnerships between public, private sector and civil society organizations to provide vaccinations and other health services to populations; prioritize investments and essential health services, including vaccination, in government budgets.

We all have a role to play in making sure people get the vaccines they need. The innovative pharmaceutical industry has been decisive in advancing vaccination in the world and collaborates with the governments of all nations in this goal.

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