Last May, the government and the autonomous region agreed to fund respiratory syncytial virus (RSV) vaccines for newborns and infants.This is a virus that causes 80% in the case of Bronchiolitisin Spain and most of the infant pneumonia Not reached a year. Despite its growing size and highly contagious nature, immunizations show important differences across regions. In this way, eight autonomous regions are the first to announce vaccinations this fall.
Specifically, areas that implemented RSV vaccination programs earlier were Catalonia, Galicia, Madrid, Andalusia, Asturias, Murcia, Canary Islands and Castilla-La Mancha. The remaining autonomous communities initially did not consider funding such immunizations through public health channels.In fact, in May last year, at the meeting of the public health committee formed by the Ministry of Health and the Autonomous Region, there were differences; eight autonomy They voted for universal use and application of the Beyfortus vaccine.All the rest objected, except Aragon, who abstained. Since then, many of the communities that opposed it have changed their minds.
Galicia and Madrid: first
Municipalities that stand out in this area include Galicia. On the same Wednesday, the president of Xunta Alfonso Rueda revealed that in September this year, 14 Galician public hospitals in Xunta Alfonso Rueda will be the first in Spain to start vaccinating babies against RSV.With this, it intends to respond quickly to the destruction of the virus, which is 85% Hospitalized cases affect children under 2 years of age.Specifically, from September 25the corresponding dose will be given to all children born in Galicia; premature babies – born from October 1, 2021 -; are already under two years Higher risk of certain diseases, such as bronchopulmonary dysplasia or heart disease.
The Autonomous Community of Madrid will invest 10.8 million euros to provide 50,000 doses of the vaccine for immunization against the respiratory virus
this Madrid’s neighborhoodsFor its part, it will have 50,000 doses of the vaccine with an investment of 10.8 million euros, in response to the immunization of the smallest citizens against this respiratory virus.from October 1 Conduct infant vaccination campaigns for infants born between April 1 and September 30, 2023. single dose It coincides with the seasons with the highest incidence of cases – autumn and winter.Last season, those who registered in the community were not in vain 18,000 pediatric emergencies With bronchiolitis, 3,800 infants under the age of 12 months were hospitalized, and more than 300 of them were admitted to the intensive care unit (ICU).
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end of july, catalonia It also announced that RSV vaccination for infants under 6 months will be included in the vaccination schedule this October.The region experienced an important The incidence of bronchitis Among children under one year of age covered by its pediatric services, there were 1,400 cases per 100,000 residents.And just like that, all the babies were born in October as of April last yearLikewise, all newborns in Catalan hospitals will be vaccinated within 48 hours of birth.
Andalusia It also required all children under six months to be vaccinated against respiratory syncytial virus in October
Andalusia It also required all children under six months to be vaccinated against respiratory syncytial virus in October. The regional government announced the news in June, when Health Secretary Catalina García acknowledged that in November, “a quarter of traditional cribs were occupied by patients with bronchitis”.Fall immunizations for children under six months will also hit the National Immunization Calendar this year Principality of Asturiaswill issue a start signal in October.
on the same line, Murcia, Canary Islands and Castilla-La Mancha Complete the list of municipalities that will be included in immunization against bronchiolitis caused by respiratory syncytial virus.As in all other territories, the product will be available in October to children under 6 months born on or after April 1 who will be promoted at various health centers in their territories; and all newborn In the hospital before discharge.
A change in his government’s political signals or a rethinking of his position in this regard eventually led to Aragon, La Rioja – which recently purchased 2,138 vaccines – Extremadura, Castilla-La Mancha – the vaccine supply race begins this Monday – and balearic islands also for the first time Vaccine against respiratory syncytial virus (RSV) for children born or younger than 6 months between October and March, as recommended by the National Board of Public Health. The remaining autonomous regions – Cantabria, Basque Country, Navarre or Ceuta and Melilla – are still waiting.