As a result of the COVID-19 pandemic, vaccination coverage in Mexico decreased dramatically, leaving 4 out of every 10 children under one year of age with an incomplete vaccination schedule, which could mean the resurgence of other diseases.
That is why the current relaxation of mobility restrictions and the eventual return to classes, require to guarantee the recovery of routine schemes for the maintenance of the elimination of other diseases preventable by vaccination in our country.
According to the General Directorate of Health Information, the accumulated fall in Mexico at the end of December 2020 for the hexavalent vaccine it is estimated between 10 and 30% with respect to the history of applied doses.
In Coahuila, the cumulative fall at the end of 2020 for the same vaccine is estimated to be around 23%. Faced with this scenario, experts recommend that parents urgently resume the vaccination schedule for their babies older than 2 months of age.
“Today, the primary objective of completing vaccination schedules is to prevent the reappearance of diseases, until now controlled, in children who do not have their vaccination card up to date, “said Dr. Luz Anahí Ubiarco, manager of the medical-scientific liaison at Sanofi Pasteur.
Therefore, during the virtual conference “Vaccination in times of COVID-19”, the specialist assured that “However, there are currently various strategies and initiatives implemented in the states of the Mexican Republic, focused on complementing the vaccination schemes for Mexican children.
“We invite parents to take measures to protect their children, since no child should die from a disease that can be prevented with a vaccine, “he concluded.