|Plan of Vaccination|
Officials of public health gather to exchange knowledge on the plans of vaccination of the State of Texas and Mexico
They seek to avoid that the application of the basic plan of vaccination in the children that emigrate from one side of the border to another be duplicated.
El Paso, TX., March 5, 2009 (PAHO/WHO).- The Pan American Health Organization /World Health Organization (PAHO/WHO) / U.S.-Mexico Border Office in partnership with the Texas Department of Health Services in El Paso, TX, and the Jurisdicción de Salud Sanitaria II, Ciudad Juárez, Chihuahua will provided the 2009 Texas-Mexico Immunization Comparison Tool Workshop.The purpose of this workshop, the first of a series of workshops to be held along the border, was to increase existing knowledge on the State of Texas – and the Mexico immunization schedules among health care providers about the immunization schedules through the 2009 Texas-Mexico Immunization Comparison Tool with the overall goal of assuring adequate vaccination to all children. The high mobility on the border and different vaccination schemes.
|Dr. Hector Puertas Rincones, Director of the Sanitary Jurisdiction II of the Health Services in Chihuahua, emphasized that, “This equivalence as for the system of vaccination of El Paso – City Juárez is sought, to avoid that the application of the vaccines be duplicated when the children change of residence, something that occurs often in the border cities. Having an equivalent one, also helps to maintain eradicated the illnesses as in this case is the tuberculosis, is the poliomyelitis, is the hepatitis B, the hepatitis TO, to prevent them as a group with all the vaccines that apply right now in both sides of the border”.|
Alma Galván (PAHO/WHO)
|Experts highlighted that the possibility of making comparisons among the existing immunization schedules in Mexico and the State of Texas, particularly used by the population of the border states and cities that maintain an economic and social exchange among themselves, are a great opportunity to advance toward the coordinated binational agenda and to complement efforts for the health of the border population. |
"These efforts and the joint work can take to the achievement of successes such as, the scope and maintenance of sufficient vaccination coverage to guarantee public health of the population served, expressed Maria Teresa Cerqueira, PhD, Chief of the PAHO/WHO U.S.-Mexico Border Office.
|Challenges and differences in the cover of the basic plans of vaccination of Texas and Chihuahua An additional challenge to the national systems of health of Texas and Chihuahua, is the effort in maintaining covers of vaccination above the 95%, that protect the population, just like the eradication of transmissible illnesses. “In Juárez we have an average of 93.8 percentage that all our children less than 5 years old are protected against these illnesses, to national level we are around the 95%, we have states that have covers even in a 100%”, Dr. Puertas Rincones affirmed.|
According to Rox Ann Parks, Nursing Program Manager for the Immunization Program for the city of El Paso Department of Public Health, another factor that affects the levels of cover in El Paso, TX, is the form in which they are evaluated, "when they carry out the National Survey of Immunizations, they do a sample of 20 thousand to 30 thousand children from 19 to 35 months of age, but the survey is sent to the suppliers of health, and what happens is that the majority of these do not return the answers to the CDC (Central for the Control of Illnesses of the United States), because of it the levels are so low".
Reporter Pedro Villagrana interviewing Rox Ann Parks
Maintaining the efforts managed requires a harmony between the different sectors and among the different institutions of health on both sides of the border.