In the framework of the “La Posta es Vaccinarse” campaign, the Argentine Association for Vaccination and Epidemiology (SAVE) will set up a “Station” this Monday at Plaza 25 de Mayo in Resistencia from 9 am to 3 pm (Avenue Julio A. Rocca Alberti). There will be a mobile booth on public roads with informational material on the importance of pneumonia, flu and Covid-19 immunizations.
The initiative, which covers many parts of the country and is currently covering Resistencia, declares that “if you are 65 years of age or younger but belong to an at-risk group, get a pneumonia and flu vaccine at centers across the country health departments, PAMI pharmacies and vaccination points”. We also invite you to visit the website www.lapostaesvacunarse.com for more information.
“After the outbreak was brought under control, many believed the risk was over and downplayed the need to prevent COVID-19, as well as other potentially deadly respiratory diseases, for which we have safe and effective vaccines, such as influenza and pneumonia. For this reason, particularly With the current respiratory disease not in remission and overloading the health system, we urge you not to give up because we still have time to vaccinate against these infections,” said Dr. Florencia Kahn, an infectious disease physician, Chairman of SAVE.
“Through this campaign, we are advocating for life-saving vaccines, all three completely free. Flu and pneumonia shots are included in the national vaccination calendar, and the flu shot is available for children aged 6 to 23 months. In children, the pneumonia vaccine is given to children aged 2, 4 and 12 months. Both vaccines are also given to everyone over the age of 65 and those with risk factors between the ages of 2 and 64,” said infectious disease scientist and SAVE Dr. Analía Urueña, the person in charge, said.
“For example, infants and children under the age of 2 and over the age of 65 are particularly vulnerable to respiratory infections, complications and a greater risk of hospitalization if infected with pneumococcal or influenza viruses. Recommendations, especially during periods of high respiratory bacteria prevalence. In our province, vaccination coverage for children under 15 months is lower than expected, and 40% of children under 24 months have not yet received their first dose of influenza vaccine. Therefore, this is An excellent opportunity to contact the Post, in case of doubt, to consult and to complete the programs”, adds Dr. Antonieta Cayré, Head of the Training Area at the Department of Immunization of the Provincial Ministry of Health. Chaco, SAVE board member.
Although the COVID-19 vaccine is not officially on the schedule, it is free and the Ministry of Health has recently recommended that booster shots be given to those most at risk if it has been 6 months since their last dose; for For those at intermediate risk, booster vaccinations are given 6 months after the last vaccination, followed by annual vaccinations; for low-risk groups, an annual renewal booster is recommended.
In 2021, 63,018 people in Argentina will die from respiratory-related diseases, including 33,812 from influenza and pneumonia, according to the latest vital statistics report from the country’s Ministry of Health. This accounted for 8.2% of all deaths from known causes that year.
The campaign is supported by Sinergium and Pfizer.
The Argentine Association of Vaccinology and Epidemiology (SAVE) is a scientific association created in 2018 to assemble a multidisciplinary and transversal team dedicated to public and private health. Its mission is to work in all areas of vaccinology and epidemiology to promote the enjoyment of the right to health. Website: www.save.org.ar.