In Costa Rica, 770,000 children are being vaccinated urgently against measles in order to protect children from the outbreak that is occurring in South American countries such as Colombia, Venezuela and Brazil.
The Costa Rican Social Security Fund, which manages state public health services, showed that on December 12, an emergency vaccination campaign will begin to protect the child population from 15 months to 10 years. age. The campaign will begin until February 8 of the following year.
"It is important to vaccinate against measles, because the virus has some neurological complications, such as encephalitis, and can also affect the ears, lungs and others." Caja purchased 770,000 additional doses to those already used in our program, “aimed at minors,” explained the medical director of the organization Roberto Manuel Cervantes.
Data from the Social Security Institute show that 7,000 cases of measles have been confirmed in the region, and 72 deaths have been reported in America due to this disease. The last autochthonous case of measles, confirmed in Costa Rica, was in 2005, and in 2014, the country reported an imported case. The authorities stressed that measles is a very serious infectious-infectious disease that is transmitted very easily between a person and a person and that it can result in complications, including death. Costa Rica is a country with easy access to places such as Brazil, Venezuela, Colombia, the United States or Canada, so the virus can enter the territory at any time.
“This disease can be prevented by just one vaccine (…) With this extraordinary vaccination strategy, we aim to create a protective barrier against measles in children from 15 months to 10 years,” said Aurora Foundation immunization coordinator, Aurora Leandra Gomez. The last time the institution conducted a campaign of this type was in 2011, and the coverage was 93%, so the authorities expect the same positive result.