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Health: The Nation Left Santa Fe Without Meningococcal Vaccines

The Ministry of this province filed a complaint with the Ministry of Health, and the national government confirmed that only in February the replacement would be normalized.

November 28, 2018

In the province of Santa Fe, the meningococcal vaccine is over. Andrea Uboldi, the provincial health minister, confirmed that there are no more doses, and there will not be, at least until February.

“From here until February there is no dose, children cannot be vaccinated,” said a provincial spokesman in an interview with and noted that already this year, also due to problems with distribution, it stopped being used in children 11 years old.

From the Santa Fe health portfolio, they warned the National Health Secretariat about when and when to regulate the situation. He did this through a letter, and the response received by the minister was a statement in which Nacion expects that “the process of managing the necessary stock and completion of the strategy replenishment operation will take place on February 15, 2019”

Meningococcus is a bacterium that causes serious diseases, such as meningitis (inflammation of the membrane that covers the brain) and sepsis (generalized infection), with fatal consequences or irreversible neurological consequences (hearing loss, neurological disability, amputations, etc.). Children under 1 year of age are the most vulnerable, and adolescents and adults may carry embryos and transmit them to infants and young children with a higher risk of disease.

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