Tuesday , August 3 2021

The Ministry of Health has called on young people aged 20 to 24 to be vaccinated against measles National

With information from Maria Jose Montero.

Campaign for measles, rubella and parotitis vaccination is in force for the group of young people between the ages of 20 and 24. The measure was scheduled, but is even more important due to the occurrence of measles, which registers 23 cases in the country. Immunization is free of charge throughout the national territory and lasts until February 28, with the possibility of extension, in case 80% coverage is not achieved. Undersecretary of Public Health, Paula Daza, explained that this age group is fundamental because it has less coverage and is a population that has not been exposed to the virus, which means they have lower immunity.

"The first thing is to make a campaign where people in this period of edade arrive at the vaccination centers to be vaccinated. They will not seek a medical order, it's a free vaccine, "he said.

Lewis Dell Piano, president of the Chilean Society for Infectious Diseases, said it is important that young people aged 20 to 24 go to health centers, to receive the vaccine, more with the increase in the migration of the young adult population and when it is not known whether they are vaccinated or not in childhood.

"We need to make all possible calls, because this is a population that is quite distant from the vaccination program. There is a great promotion that needs to be done, emphasizing that it is relevant for them and for the rest of the population of juveniles who can be vaccinated"said the expert.

It is expected to vaccinate more than 1 million 390 thousand people, belonging to the group between 20 and 24 years. In addition, the recommendation is maintained for those traveling outside of Chile, who were born between 1971 and 1981, and who have no history of obtaining a second dose of a vaccine after 12 months of age.

Also, as part of National immunization plan vaccine should be vaccinated for children of one year corresponding to the first dose and repeat the vaccine for seven years; it also expands as a preventive measure in newborns from six to 11 months, which in the case of travel should be vaccinated, at least two weeks before leaving the country.

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