(Notimex).- The Research Coordinator of the General Hospital of Mexico, Carmen Espinoza, assured that Mexico has one of the most complete vaccination schemes in Latin America, which allows to reduce and control very important diseases among population, such as influenza, dengue and cervical cancer.
In the “XVII Latin American Congress of Pediatric Infectology” held this month in Cancun Quintana Roo, the importance of vaccination for the population in general and not only for children or the elderly was highlighted, because future health will depend on it.
She stressed that Mexico is one of the countries that has benefited greatly from vaccines, because thanks to the National Health System, which implemented the vaccination cards for each age group since 2015 , coverage was extended for various ages, which was a very important measure to reduce the number of diseases caused by bacteria or viruses.
Espinoza added that Mexico is the only country in Latin America that has been in the four phases of the dengue vaccine and is the first nation that licensed the inoculation of this disease in the world, because when applied to the population between nine and 45, 95 percent coverage was achieved to fight complications, and reduce the number of hospitalization cases.
The General Hospital Coordinator mentioned that there is a committee of experts that decides which vaccines enter the country, because it must be supervised and confirmed that the pharmaceutical corporations are able to prove their scientific validity, their utility and efficiency for the population.
The health specialist recognized that the proximity with the United States does not benefit the vaccination issue in some states of northern Mexico, since doctors who serve in the border zone use the inoculation scheme that is used in that nation and that does not coincide with the one used in Mexican.
However, Espinoza said that Mexico maintains its vaccination campaigns, in addition to obtaining a batch of reagents to complete the national scheme and its future repercussions, as for some reason, there is a sector of the population that somehow acquires vaccines not available in the public system.
She continued saying that the fact nurseries and public schools require the national vaccination card to admit children, has allowed a better control and monitoring of incidence among this sector of the population, which does not happen in particular institutions, and this entails the risk of infections.
She indicated that there are anti-vaccine groups that do not take their children to inoculate, especially in sectors of the socioeconomically high population, because having more access to medical information, creates confusion.
She acknowledged that in Mexico there is still debate on the importance of legislating mandatory vaccination, but she explained that the awareness of parents is what will lead to the eradication and elimination of various diseases, especially among children.