Information breakfast “Vaccination horizon in Andalusia” key to vaccination coverage

Information breakfast “Vaccination horizon in Andalusia” key to vaccination coverage

Vaccination strategies are one of the essential prevention tools for health systems. Recent achievements, the extent of current vaccination rates, the some population groups need to protect themselves from certain vaccinations such as herpes zoster, human papillomavirus or influenza, and the importance of respect justice the calendar at national level, were some of the keys addressed in the breakfast colloquium “Vaccination horizons in Andalusia” organized last Tuesday, November 8th by Joly group in cooperation with GSK.

In the case of the Andalusian vaccination calendar, e.g George de Diego, Director General of Public Health and Pharmaceutical Regulation of the Junta de Andalucía, “the progress is clear” and stressed the importance of not only having effective vaccines, but also that they reach the population. “It’s not the vaccine, it’s the vaccination. I can have the tool though You have to use it effectively to reach people. In other words, it’s not just about having vaccines, but that they are being used and that the vaccine protection is sufficient,” he explained.

Knowing the vaccination rates at district level enables individual measures to be taken

He also highlighted and alluded to the advances in immunization coverage, particularly among young people Trivalent meningococcal vaccine efforts which caused the coverage in this age group to skyrocket. Likewise, he highlighted “the increase in coverage of the second dose in girls with HPV, where we hope to end the year at 90%”. In his opinion, the work really is to increase coverage where it is necessary. That emphasized De Diego Andavac It makes it possible to know coverage at the health district level and that allows for much more individualized action. He also highlighted the pledge to start HPV vaccination in men in January 2023.

Regarding the achievements in adulthoodthe public health spokesman quoted the Vaccination against herpes zoster. “Although there have been previous vaccines, a new, enormously effective inactivated vaccine is helping us Open the risk groups step by step who can benefit from it. The first, already covered, is that of the Transplant recipients with hematopoietic progenitors, and we will extend to others. “At the moment, the only commitment that remains to be implemented is the inclusion of the herpes zoster virus vaccine in people over the age of 65. From the Directorate-General for Public Health, we will fight to make this a reality. And we need to make sure that these efforts have a direct parallel in the clinic,” he said.

In this sense, Dr. Juan Carlos DuranPresident of the Andalusian Society of Geriatrics and Gerontology, points out that Andalusia can boast that, in general, the rates of vInfluenza characteristics in the geriatric population are very high for a very large population. “There are more than 1.2 million people over 65 and more than 200,000 over 80. There are more people over 65 than under 15.” Referring to the different vaccinations for the elderly, he stressed that “the fact of vaccination flu and covid in one act it’s profitable.” He also alluded to the vaccine pneumococci“which allows us to prevent serious diseases such as meningitis and cases of sepsis and it was remarkable progress”. “From geriatrics we are raising awareness of all of this. Diphtheria and tetanus are covered there and it remains to be seen what becomes of that Herpes zoster vaccine in the geriatric population“, he added. Regarding this pathology, he emphasized that “herpes zoster does not have a very high mortality rate, but the degree of functional deterioration caused by postherpetic neuralgia is very high due to various clinical factors.”

For his part Jose Luis Barranco QuintanaShe emphasized some of the lessons learned from vaccination against the coronavirus. “Many people have seen the danger and benefits of vaccination up close. Classically we come from a perspective pediatrician very focused on vaccinating children, and that’s a concept we’re changing. Vaccination is a lifelong process, from birth to exposure to pathogens to the elderly.

Professional training helps vaccines reach people

In addition, he emphasized immunosenescence, the age-related deterioration of the immune system. “The immune system deteriorates, and the reception of vaccines in the elderly makes it possible to deal with many pathologies,” he said. On the other hand, according to Dr. Barranco, “the administration has chosen to vaccinate in Andalusia and we have the most complete Spanish calendar.” As challenges he pointed to the to educate and inform about Andavac, the Department of Health’s Strategic Vaccination Plan. “Some vaccines are given at the hospital level and that’s where we are preventative, but educating all healthcare professionals at all levels is key.”

For his part Dr. Rafael Martinez Noguera, President of the Andalusian Society for Preventive Medicine and Public Health, stated: “In the last few months, our system has shown absolute maturity when it comes to making decisions and not just responding to the conspicuous efforts to vaccinate against the coronavirus during the pandemic; but also inside recent efforts on vaccination against herpes zoster in vulnerable populations”.

Martínez Noguera also advocates not letting up as a key goal for the future. “Not long ago we started detecting more cases of children with malignant whooping cough, something that has almost been forgotten in our environment. We have seen that many cases are caused by infections in the elderly and we have confirmed that vaccination during pregnancy is the best option. We need to watch out for emerging diseases, be aware of the reappearance and which we believed almost exterminated. We always have to be vigilant and be able to react quickly Epidemiological surveillance is essential.

Autonomous calendars, injustices and immediate challenges to bridge differences

The participants of the colloquium agreed that the existence of regional vaccination calendars sometimes leads to injustice. “In Spain There are no epidemiological situations that justify that the Autonomous Communities have different vaccination schedules. We need to have a consistent vaccination schedule,” explained Jorge del Diego. Despite this, the director-general of public health clarified that “at the level of the children’s calendar, in a short time the regional calendars will not show any differences and this should be the case in order to avoid inequalities”. In addition, he emphasized Role of Ministry of Health Vaccination Report, “Where there will be debate and consensus will be reached to bridge the differences.” In another assignment, José Luis Barranco alluded to the human papillomavirus (HPV) vaccine. “For males we are awaiting confirmatory data from the UK but it appears to be a comprehensive vaccination. HPV is not only responsible for cervical cancer but also from other types of cancer that occur in the male population,” he stressed. For Rafael Martínez, from the point of view of preventive medicine, the joint work of scientific societies, administration, professionals and citizens is very important. “That Vaccination of risk patients it is effective as shown by the mortality figures, but it is very important to gather the information to know how to vaccinate, even though we know that we have good vaccination rates. This makes it possible to examine trends for improvement and continue to contribute to reducing patient mortality and morbidity. Vaccines not only save lives, they also improve the quality of life“. In this sense, the speakers emphasized the value of information becoming ever more agile and detailed, so that vaccines are not only available, but also reach the poor of the people.

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