Primary care physicians have to be aware of the importance of getting vaccinated in adult ages to prevent diseases, thus improving the quality of life of the patient and reducing their mortality. The Spanish Pulmonologists, through the Adult Vaccination Study Group (GEsVa), advocate the establishment of a vaccination calendar in the adult, as it already happens with the child population.
Specialists do not tire of insisting that vaccination is the most effective measure to prevent infectious diseases, contributing to the reduction of mortality and an improvement in the quality of life.
Ramón Cisterna, Head of Service of the Basurto Hospital in Vizcaya and Professor of Microbiology at the University of the Basque Country, considers that the child vaccination schedules are the most important health advance in recent years. And points out that the pending issue of the Spanish health system is vaccination in adults, which is necessary to prevent diseases such as hepatitis B, whose vaccine should be renewed every ten years, whooping cough and flu. Experts especially recommend vaccines for influenza, hepatitis B, whooping cough, tetanus, herpes, pneumococcus and human papilloma.
This professor assures that the administration of the influenza vaccine prevents 80% of the deaths that would occur as a result of complications derived from this disease. For patients with Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease (COPD), for example, getting vaccinated against the flu is essential to reduce the number of hospital admissions, which already increase during the winter.
José Luis Viejo Bañuelos, head of the Pneumology Service of the Hospitalar Complex of Burgos, explains in this regard that it has been proven that the administration of the annual influenza vaccine and the pneumococcal vaccine every five or eight years, can reduce the number of infections and morbidity and mortality in the elderly and in patients with COPD.