About 400 health workers in Tamaulipas, update their knowledge during Vaccination Week in the Americas

Nuevo Laredo, Tamaulipas, April 26, 2012 (PAHO/WHO) - Cities and states along the U.S.-Mexico border will join countries throughout the hemisphere to celebrate the 10th annual Vaccination Week in the Americas and the first World Immunization Week on April 21 to 28, 2012.

On April 24 a workshop was held which aimed to make an update of the knowledge about vaccines within the Mexican immunization scheme. Among other topics such as: cold chain, the national system in Mexico ProVac (for electronic recording of personal data and register of the application of vaccines), as well as the meaning and achievements of the Vaccination Week in the Americas. Within this workshop it was also presented the immunization schemes comparison tool between Texas and Mexico, which was develop by the Pan American Health Organization / World Health Organization (PAHO / WHO) U.S.-Mexico Border Office in collaboration with health officials and immunization programs in both states. This activity was led by the Coordinator of the Immunizations Program in the State of Tamaulipas, Dr. Agustin Gonzalez and guest speaker Dr. Gustavo Iturralde, Consultant in Health Promotion and Community Health, at the PAHO/WHO U.S.-Mexico Border Office.

The workshop was attended by nearly 400 health professionals from different agencies of the Ministry of Health of Mexico in Tamaulipas, such as health workers, doctors, nurses, interns, from the Health Jurisdictions within their immunization programs and Health Centers, the Institute of Security and Social Services for State Workers (ISSSTE), and the Mexican Social Security Institute (IMSS). This was possible thanks to video conference transmission that allowed to cover the 43 municipalities in the state of Tamaulipas, where the headquarters of the transmission was Nuevo Laredo and from there  Matamoros, Tampico and Madero, Ciudad Victoria, Mante, and San Fernando were linked. All sites received simultaneous transmission of video and audio and had the opportunity to voice their concerns and ask questions.

Nurse Leticia Moreno Costilla, Immunization Program Coordinator at the Sanitary District No.5 of the Ministry of Health of Tamaulipas, said that one of the barriers that have been found recently is to achieve awareness of the HPV vaccine. "We initially prepared a strategy in schools and all because they thought it would be very demanding, and not having such response, we had to do greater dissemination in the media, with parents, in schools and extended the range of age of 9 years to 11 years 11 months. It was possible only with the active search in schools, and similarly for the second dose because we had already identified the people, to ensure the scheme of the girls who already had received the first dose."

Some participants expressed concern about people who come from the United States to Mexico to get vaccines because they are required in the other side of the border for immigration procedures. Adding, that they can only award them prime life and not the infant scheme, depending on their age. Dr. Iturralde said, that this is part and requirement of international standards, "the International Health Regulations (IHR) sets the standard for all countries: permanent migrants must complete their vaccination schedules." Since, this can prevent a disease that can be prevented by vaccines, to become an epidemiological event of international importance.

During the workshop health personnel were reminded on the importance of providing  accurate information to people and according to the season indicated, plus a thorough knowledge of rules and processes as the use of open bottles,  preventive measures on keeping refrigerators, among other things that enable them to better perform and ensure their services within the vaccination program. Additionally, they learned in detail about the vaccination schedules of different age groups and different populations, such as the elderly and pregnant women and special populations.

About the Vaccination Week of the Americas

More than 365 million people of all ages have been vaccinated during the past nine years within the framework of Vaccination Week in the Americas. This year’s Vaccination Week in the Americas regional goal is to vaccinate some 44 million people in the 45 participating countries and territories. With the slogan “For you, for me, for everyone: get vaccinated,” this year’s initiative encourages vaccination not only for children but also for entire families.


•  2012 Texas-Mexico Immunization Comparison Tool: http://bit.ly/toolXMX2012
• Details of the 60 events throughout the United States-Mexico border: http://www.borderhealth.org/files/res_1996.pdf   
•  PAHO Vaccination Week in the Americas 2012: www.paho.org/sva
•  World Immunization Week: www.who.int/mediacentre/events/annual/immunization_week
•  PAHO/WHO immunization program: http://bit.ly/IkmU1P
•  Graphic materials: http://www.paho.org/vwa/?page_id=15
•  Message from Dr. Mirta Roses, Director PAHO/WHO: http://youtu.be/OgICk0p6W-U



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