Every 20 seconds a child dies in the world because of diseases that could be prevented by vaccination, so it is important to be informed and become aware of the importance of protecting yourself through vaccines, some specialists said on Friday.
"It's a very complex problem because people still in the 21st century are still afraid that vaccines will have side effects and because anti-vaccine groups continue to disinform," Dr. Antonio Luévanos told Efe.
The president of the Mexican Association of Pediatric Infectious Diseases has indicated that the annual vaccines are able to prevent about 2.5 million child deaths in the world; However, there is still a long way to go to protect this sector of the population, which is one of the most vulnerable.
Luévanos stressed that another 500,000 deaths per year could be prevented if it were possible to reach that number of people to vaccinate them and that complications due to acute respiratory infections, which often lead to death, are the most likely to prevent.
"The transmission of the pneumococcal virus, of which we are practically all, is a major concern because this bacterium causes acute infections in the respiratory tract, such as pneumonia, which is the leading cause of child death in the world," he stressed.
He explained that, in Mexico, in 2017 pneumonia affected about 130,000 Mexicans, of whom 56% corresponded to children under 4 and adults over 65 years.
Dr. Marte Hernández Porras, specialist in pediatric infectious diseases at the National Institute of Pediatrics, explained that pneumonia is a bacterial lung infection that can be contracted anywhere and at any stage of life, being more deadly in people over the age of 65, under 5, pregnant, diabetic and hypertensive.
"The good news is that it is a disease that can be prevented with a vaccine, the important thing is that people know and are aware of it to avoid complications if the condition occurs," said the specialist.
Meanwhile, Dr. Rodrigo Romero, secretary of the Mexican Vaccinology Association (AMV), said that expanding access to immunization is essential to achieving the established sustainable development goals. from the World Health Organization for 2030.
"Vaccines not only prevent suffering and premature deaths, but also allow for the achievement of national priorities such as education and economic development," said the expert.
In order to sensitize the population to vaccination not only against this, but against various infectious diseases, the AMV and the National Center for Children and Adolescence presented the vaccination campaign.
"People should know that the vaccines are safe, that all of them undergo rigorous testing during the various stages of clinical trials and are still evaluated once they enter the market," explained Romero.
The goal, he said, is to spread the benefits of vaccination through a website and online consultations to promote a healthier Mexico.
"One of the biggest challenges in the country is tackling the lack of information on the issue of vaccination, so we decided to develop this initiative," he explained.
He added that this is intended to help mentors and physicians to access the child's vaccination scheme and to link parents to their children's health by providing reliable, timely and up-to-date information and eradicating false beliefs.
"We have to fight the anti-vaccination campaigns and the only way is to promote information in people", concluded the specialist.