Starting next fall, healthy children will get their flu vaccine around this time for the first time 6 months and 5 years all over Spain. Until now, only children with certain health conditions were vaccinated.
All autonomous regions and the municipalities of Ceuta and Melilla have vaccinated 1.6 million children. In 2022, this group has been vaccinated in Andalusia, Galicia and Murcia with 50% coverage; coverage is now expected to reach 55% or 60%, according to the EFE agency Javier AlvarezMember of the Vaccine Advisory Committee of the Spanish Pediatric Association (CAV-AEV).
children, route of infection
The reason for vaccinating these children is to protect them and to prevent spread the flu.that’s how kids are “this Major spreaders of influenza in schools and daycaresand spread the virus to the people they live with”Alvarez said.
Influenza was not the banal disease many people still think it is, experts recall.it can affect between 20% to 40% of children, 5% of whom may end up in hospital. Of those cases, two-thirds were children with no health problems.
Furthermore, because it is a route of transmission, in countries where children are vaccinated, Adults are also less likely to get the flu.
Influenza is a disease with a high mortality rate.Severe and complex conditions require hospitalization 13% mortality rateExperts warn.
Healthy children vaccinated
So far, the flu vaccine is only available to children 6 months and older with a medical condition that increases the risk of flu. flu complications. Clearly, these groups remain the focus of vaccination campaigns.
This affects children as young as 6 months Chronic cardiovascular, neurological or respiratory diseaseincluding bronchopulmonary dysplasia, cystic fibrosis, and asthma.
Also suitable for children from 6 months Diabetic, morbidly obesekidney disease, anemia, hemophilia or other blood clotting disorders, liver disease, immunosuppression (including primary immunodeficiency due to HIV, drugs, or transplantation), cancer, celiac disease, chronic inflammatory disease, and Down syndrome .
Another risk group that is prioritized for influenza vaccination is children between 6 months and 18 years of age receiving long-term influenza treatment. Acetylsalicylic acid Because they are at risk for Reye’s syndrome after the flu.
Minors aged between 6 months and 2 years Premature (Under 32 weeks of pregnancy) can also be given priority for flu vaccination
Healthy children between 6 months and 5 years old will also be vaccinated across Spain starting next October when the flu vaccination campaign begins.
Vaccinations banned for boys and girls under 6 months and among the people allergic active ingredient or any ingredient of a vaccine, including children).if the child has fever anyone acute infection You will not be able to get the flu vaccine until you recover.