Thursday , May 13 2021

Every 20 seconds a child dies from vaccine-preventable diseases



"This is a very complicated problem because people still in the 21st century still fear that the vaccines will have side effects and because the anti-vaccination teams are still misinforming," Dr. Antonio Luévanos at Efe.

The chairman of the Mexican Association of Pediatric Infectious Diseases said annual vaccines manage to prevent about 2.5 million infant deaths in the world. However, there is still a long way to work to protect this area of ​​the population, which is one of the most vulnerable.

Lavavos pointed out that another 500,000 deaths could be avoided if it was possible for these people to get vaccinated and complications from acute respiratory infections, which often lead to death, are most likely to be avoided.

"The transmission of the pneumococcal virus, which almost everyone is carrying, is one of the main concerns because this bacterium causes acute respiratory infections such as pneumonia, which is the leading cause of death in the world of newborns," he said.

He explained that in Mexico, only 2017 pneumonia affected about 130,000 Mexicans, of whom 56% were children under 4 and adults over 65 years of age.

Dr. Marte Hernández Porras, a pediatric infectious disease specialist at the National Institute of Pediatrics, explained that pneumonia is a bacterial infection of the lungs that can contract at any point and stage of life, is more deadly in people aged 65+ under 5 old, pregnant, diabetic and hypertensive.

"The good news is that it is a disease that can be avoided with a vaccine, the important thing is that people know and know it to avoid complications if the condition happens," said the expert.

Meanwhile, Rodrigo Romero, secretary of the Mexican Vaccine Association (AMV), said expanding access to immunization is necessary to achieve the Sustainable Development goals set by the World Health Organization for 2030.

"Vaccines not only prevent pain and premature deaths, they also allow for the achievement of national priorities such as education and economic growth," said the expert.

In order to increase awareness of the vaccine population not only against it, but also against certain infectious diseases, AMV and the National Center for Child and Adolescent Health presented the vaccination campaign.

"People need to know that the vaccines are safe, that they are all subjected to rigorous examinations at different stages of the clinical trials and that they are still being evaluated once they are marketed," Romero explained.

The goal, he said, is to spread the benefits of vaccination through a web site and electronic consultations to promote a healthier Mexico.

"One of the country's biggest challenges is to address the lack of information on the issue of vaccination, so we decided to develop this initiative," he explained.

He added that this is intended to help teachers and doctors have access to the child's vaccination program and to link parents to the health of their children by providing reliable, timely and up-to-date information and eliminating false beliefs.

"We have to fight anti-vaccination campaigns and the only way is to promote information to people," the expert concluded. EFE

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