From the 10th to the 14th of October Mexico will celebrate its Third National Health Week, when authorities undertake widespread vaccination campaigns in schools and in public places nationwide. Health ministries and the IMSS look to administer all necessary vaccines to children under five years-old and complementary shots for older children and adults. The First and Second weeks occur annually in March and June and have been ongoing since 1980.

A vaccine is administered

A vaccine is administered

This week has the aim of administering the triple measles, mumps and rubella (MMR) vaccine to children under six or seven. Other booster shots are also administered, such as the BCG to fight tuberculosis and the pentavalent shot to under five year olds to protect against five diseases: diphtheria, whooping cough, tetanus, polio and hemophiliac influenza. Rotavirus vaccines are also applied to under ones and the HPV vaccine will be applied to fifth graders in schools and home-schooled 11 year old children. Neonatal tetanus shots will be given to pregnant women and ‘Vida Suera Oral’ sachets will be distributed to mothers of under-fives, in addition to vitamin and mineral supplements to those in need. All vaccines carried out under the program will be free of charge. The IMSS estimates it will administer over 1,650,000 doses.

 

Sources:

IMSS http://bit.ly/2dGRcQs

Secretaría de Salud http://bit.ly/2dVh6zu

Secretaría de Salud de Nuevo León http://bit.ly/2ekV4W7

El Universal http://eluni.mx/2egF0ot

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