The AEP (Spanish Association of Pediatrics) has advised that the administration of the measles vaccine be advanced because this disease, which the World Health Organization (WHO) intended to eradicate by 2015, increased its incidence during the past 2011 The AEP, in addition, has requested that a single vaccination calendar for all the autonomous communities.
Dr. David Moreno, coordinator of the Advisory Committee on Vaccines (CAV) of the AEP, explained that last year there were about 2,000 cases of measles in Spain, while in 2010 they were only 173. And he added that, in addition, It is estimated that there are many more cases that are not known, so the number of affected could easily pass 3,000.
Vaccination coverage, which was normally 95%, has dropped to 80-85% due to the fact that parents have relaxed when following the vaccination schedule
In 2011, they were detected in Europe 30,917 patients, of whom eight died and 24 suffered encephalitis, a serious complication. Although in our country there has been no death from this cause, Dr. Moreno confirms that approximately 10% of patients suffered some associated complication.
For all this, pediatricians have proposed that children receive the first measles vaccine at 12 months, instead of waiting at 15, which is the procedure that is followed today.
Other recommendations that have been proposed from the ASP refer to the vaccine of the diphtheria, who want to be replaced by a new one that has fewer side effects, and that vaccines meningococcus and the pneumococcus administer when the baby turns 12 months. In addition, these specialists have shown their concern about the increase in the incidence of whooping cough, and have advised that to stop their progress, six doses are administered instead of the current five.
Moreno has warned that the coverage of vaccines, which was normally at 95%, has dropped to 80-85%, which is why, in the opinion of Javier Aristegui, CAV expert, that parents have relaxed the time to follow the immunization schedule.
Pediatricians have placed special emphasis on vaccinating children who suffer from chronic diseases, and also to those who come from other countries (adopted or immigrants), as well as to unify criteria to establish a common calendar that is followed throughout Spain, since now, for example, in some communities the vaccine against hepatitis is administered B after three days of the baby's life, and in others two months are expected.
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