The ceremony was led by the Minister of Health of the province of Córdoba, Francisco Fortuna. Miriam Burgos, Assistant Secretary for Communicable and Vaccine-preventable Disease Prevention and Control (national Ministry of Health) also participated, as did Cristian Biscayart, director of Vaccine-preventable Disease Control at the Ministry, and Mirta Magariños, PAHO/WHO vaccine consultant in Argentina.
In the long line of participants, the Cabañas family was visibly happy to be back at a hospital they consider their “second home.” “We all visit the pediatric hospital: my husband Ernesto and myself, and my children Yésica, Eliana, Karen, Julia, Carhué, Guadalupe, and Santino, as well as my grandchildren Genaro, Oriana, and Ezequiel,” said Sandra. She added that “this is a night that many people look forward to because the entire family can be vaccinated when they don’t have other things to do.”
Néstor works as taxi driver in Córdoba, the second largest city in Argentina, and Sandra is a homemaker. The couple and their grandchild, Ezequiel, all received the flu vaccine. “My husband is over 65, Ezequiel is under 2; and my doctor prescribed it to me because I am asthmatic,” she said.