Andalucía forward to Monday 30 November pertussis vaccination for pregnant women


Councilor Bless you, Aquilino Alonso, Andalusia has announced that will start vaccinating pregnant women who are between weeks 28 and 32 gestation from Monday 30 November. For this, It has 14.180 Additional doses of vaccines has notified in writing the Ministry of Health, Social Affairs and Equal, and will be available in health centers in Andalusia.

Recently, the Ministry of Health confirmed that this vaccine be included in the new immunization schedule from the 1 January 2016, as recommended by the experts of the Advisory Committee on Vaccines made after analyzing, in recent months, the epidemiology of the community. The decision to bring forward the vaccination occurs after having secured the dose delivery for all pregnant women who choose to be vaccinated in Andalusia right now, while will continue vaccinating minors to 2, 4, 6 and 18 months and 6 years old.

From 1 January, with the number of vaccines with which it currently has, the booster dose for children under six will be delayed until the pharmaceutical industry ordinarily reset vaccine supply needed worldwide.

Andalusia has followed at all times the agreed indications within the Inter-Territorial Council of the Ministry of Health, Social Services and Equality, on which, in response to a report of the Presentation Program Registration and Vaccinations, it is determined that all regions analyzing the epidemiological situation of the population and, depending on the available vaccines (problems of global supply of vaccine), vaccination strategy plan is more suited to the situation. In Andalusia it has prioritized the vaccination of pregnant women against the booster dose six years while the supply is not secure.

Whooping cough is a bacterial infection of the respiratory system caused by the bacterium Bordetella pertussis'. The incidence of this disease in Andalusia has increased in recent years, as in other countries of the European environment.

Although vaccination does not guarantee 100% the protection of children vaccinated, as evidenced by the Andalusian data, since in 2014 a 23,4% of those affected by whooping cough they had received doses of vaccine, available studies so far support the strategy of vaccination against pertussis in pregnant women as the most effective measure to prevent disease in children younger than three months, without forgetting the importance of vaccination in children in 2, 4, 6 and 18 months.