The 57th National Vaccination Campaign against Poliomyelitis, begins today February 26 throughout the country. It will benefit 46 thousand 249 children from Holguín.
In the first stage from February 26 to March 3, will receive the two drops orally of the immunogen, 33 thousand 892 children from one month of birth to two years, 11 months and 29 days, reported Dr. Clara Fernandez, chief of the Immunization Program in the eastern province.
"For the second phase of the Campaign to be developed from April 23 to 28, these same children will be given again the polio vaccine and will be reactivated with a dose to 12 thousand 357 infants of nine years of age," she explained.
The doctor explained that as on previous occasions the vaccine will not be given to patients with 38 degrees or more of temperature, vomiting or diarrhea or immunodeficient. "The task will be developed at the level of Primary Health Care in medical offices, polyclinics and places enabled for this purpose."
To avoid losing the vaccine effectiveness, you should wait 30 minutes before and after giving the drops to the children to give them water.
According to data from the Ministry of Public Health before the Triumph of the Revolution in 1959, only two preventable diseases per vaccine were eliminated in Cuba: yellow fever in 1908 and smallpox in 1923.
Since the vaccination campaigns undertaken in our country since 1962, six diseases have been eradicated and some other serious forms have been eradicated.
Tetanus, meningitis due to Haemophilus influenzae type B, typhoid fever and meningococcal disease are no longer a big health problem because they have rates lower than 0.1 per 100 thousand inhabitants and others such as Hepatitis B have significantly reduced their morbidity and mortality during this period.
From 1962 to 2017, approximately 84 million 700 thousand doses of polio vaccine have been applied in the country, which guarantees the protection of the Cuban population under 70 years of poliomyelitis, a very contagious disease caused by a virus that can cause paralysis in a short time.
With information taken from ahora.cu