Cuba Begins Second Stage of Polio Vaccination

Havana, Apr 27 (Prensa Latina) In accordance with the 13th Vaccination Week in the Americas, Cuba began the second stage of the 54th Anti-Polio Campaign, to be run until May 3, a MINSAP expert stated.

Doctor Marlen Valcarcel, director of the National Immunization Program, stated that about 373,962 children from 30 days to two years old, 11 months and 29 days, will receive the second doses of the vaccine, while the vaccine will be also reactivated with one dose for another 111,323 children between the ages of nine and ten.

MINSAP official Miguel Angel Galindo told the National News Agency that the vaccine will not be administrated to minor with high fever, vomiting or diarrhea, and should wait for 30 minutes before and after vaccination to ingest water.

The vaccine should not be used on immunodeficient children and those allergic to anti-polio vaccine.

Since 1962, when Cuba eliminated poliomyelitis, and up to 2014, about 83 million dosages of the vaccine have been applied, and this has guaranteed the protection of the Cuban population under 68 years of age, he stressed.

The Pan-American Health Organization (PAHO) states that the 13th Vaccination Week in the Americas seeks to protect nearly 60 million children and adults from preventable diseases with vaccines against measles, rubella, polio, pneumonia and other ailments in 45 countries.

More than 519 million people of the region have been vaccinated in the 13 years of history of this campaign, which has become a world health initiative, said Carissa F. Etienne, director of PAHO, a regional office of the World Health Organization for the Americas.

The universal slogan this year focuses on drawing the attention to “close the gaps in immunization,” according to a message from WHO in Washington.

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