Epidemiological alarms have now been triggered by entities such as the World Health Organization (WHO), which has been sounding the alarm about the COVID-19 outbreak. overall increase Infections caused by new variants of covid-19.
Also for the area, the Pan American Health Organization (PAHO) issued an alert so that citizens Strengthen vaccination programs so they are protected from preventable diseases through immunization.
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That is why the Colombian Ministry of Health has announced a nationwide intensification of the vaccination program through the Vaccination Program. Expanded Program on Immunization (PAI)and will be carried out in the next few days 3,000 service points on National Vaccination Day in various regions of the country.
That day will be held next Saturday, August 26th It contains free doses of safe and effective biologics to fight the virus, such as covid-19, measles, flu, polio and yellow fever.
“This year, the Ministry of Health updated and modernized the Expanded Program on Immunization (PAI) to seek Comprehensive Protection of Families and Communitiesgiving priority to boys, girls, adolescents, women of reproductive age, pregnant women and the elderly,” the Health Portfolio mentions.
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National Vaccination Day: How to get involved and what to watch out for
To get this day of protection against vaccine-preventable diseases, you must Identify the nearest vaccination station And be there next Saturday, August 26th, so that you, your child or someone in charge can receive your birth.
exist this link,consult Ministry of Health Vaccination Catalog. Once entered, you can filter your search by department and city or municipality.Be aware of sanitation stations and other nearby points of attention, and Go to the designated time with the vaccination card The person who will receive the biological material.
We recommend that you call before going to a vaccination center to confirm that the center is indeed participating during National Vaccination Day.
What vaccines can I get on this day at the Ministry of Health?
According to the Ministry of Health, its Expanded Program on Immunization (PAI) is already available 22 vaccines protect against 30 diseases.
The portfolio invites people to stay abreast of vaccination programs and pay special attention to diseases that present a greater risk of contagion due to current transmission (for which EPI has biologics available), such as:
- Southern strains of seasonal influenza: All boys and girls 6 to 23 months of age, pregnant women from 12 weeks onwards, adults over 60 years of age, healthy people and people with comorbidities should be vaccinated.
- Yellow fever: For this disease, vaccination of the entire population between the ages of 1 and 14 and everyone between the ages of 15 and 59, residents, nationals, immigrants or domestic and international travelers residing in or living in the area must be guaranteed against the biological agent single dose. Sector and city trips in venture and natural parks.
Additionally, in PAI you will find vaccines such as:
- Coronavirus disease: An extra dose of the vaccine is given to all boys and girls over 6 months of age and to those at high risk.
- Triple Virus Booster: The 5 year dose is now being used at 18 months. All boys and girls ages 2 to 5 should be vaccinated against measles, rubella and mumps.
- Pentavalent reinforcement: The vaccine protects against diphtheria, tetanus, whooping cough, hepatitis B, and invasive diseases (meningitis, pneumonia, and osteomyelitis) caused by Haemophilus influenzae type b. Now includes booster shots at 18 months.
- Human papillomavirus, HPV: From October 1, 2023, the vaccination plan will implement a single-dose vaccination. Girls aged 9 to 17 will continue to apply, and boys aged 9 will also be included.
- Injectable polio vaccine: From 1 October 2023, Inactivated Polio Vaccine – VIP will be included instead of Oral Polio Vaccine; Comply with World Health Organization (WHO) recommendations for global polio eradication.