PAHO data indicates that between 2019 and 2021 polio vaccination coverage was below 80% in children under one year of age.
Courtesy | All parties agreed on the need to increase vaccination coverage
Next Wednesday, June 1, a Follow-up Vaccination Campaign (CVS) will begin that will run until August 30 throughout the country, with the aim of vaccinating 3.3 million children from two months to five years against polio and 2.8 million children from one to five years old against measles and rubella.
The Ministry of Health and the Pan American Health Organization (PAHO) agreed on the need to increase vaccination coverage and strengthen epidemiological surveillance.
The NCC, in its third annual meeting with MPPS and PAHO representatives, held at the headquarters of the “Rafael Rangel” National Institute of Hygiene, warned that it is urgent to implement complementary activities to mitigate the high risk of poliovirus outbreaks due to the low vaccination coverage.
All parties agreed on the need to increase vaccination coverage against this disease and strengthen epidemiological surveillance.
Even though there have been no cases of polio in the country since 1989, PAHO explained that “the low vaccination coverage and the consequent risk of outbreaks due to imported poliovirus or emergencies due to poliovirus derived from the vaccine, imposes the need to close the gaps in immunity by vaccinating all children under six years of age.
PAHO data indicates that between 2019 and 2021 polio vaccination coverage was below 80% in children under one year of age, when “ideally it should be 95% or more,” the health entity recalled.
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