On September 25, Andalusia began immunization against the respiratory syncytial virus (RSV), which causes bronchiolitis or certain types of pneumonia.
Starting September 15, parents will begin accepting appointments to vaccinate children under 6 months old. The total number of doses contracted for the 2023-2024 campaign is 63,600 doses, with a total budget of €13.8 million.
Who will get the bronchiolitis vaccine?
The doses will be administered to all children born between October 1, 2023, and March 31, 2024. Likewise, the injection will also be given to all babies born between April 1 and September 30, 2023, that is, those captured at the end of this vaccination campaign. moon.
The vaccine will also be given to children under one year old who have a history of premature birth of less than 35 weeks, and other infants aged 24 months or younger with very high-risk chronic conditions.
This immunization effectively and safely prevents infection with this virus, a respiratory disease that occurs especially in autumn and winter.
The Department of Health and Family recommends that all parents of children under six months of age accept an invitation to receive RSV immunization. Last year, 301 minors were hospitalized with the virus in Andalusia, with the peak in November.
This immunization is added to the annual influenza vaccination for children aged 6 months to 5 years (59 months), which starts in Andalusia during the 2022-2023 campaign, “with the aim of Protect Children”. The most common respiratory disease, requiring greater caution. “The Ministry of Health said. In the first year of childhood vaccination, more than 45% of the target population has been reached.