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Eva Paris @paris_eva

A few days ago there was approval of a single vaccination schedule for the whole Spanish territory, but the Spanish Association of Pediatrics, the Spanish Association of Vaccinology and the Spanish Society of Preventive Medicine, Public Health and Hygiene wanted to mark their position about.

The Scientific Societies in a statement show their concern about "a single immunization schedule of minimums" that has been approved by the Ministry of Health and that represents a setback to the process of agreeing on the calendar among all the Autonomous Communities.

The claim of a single immunization schedule is old, mainly by these societies, but the difficulties to reach a consensus were already seen. As it seems that the calendar arrives without a consensus and if to count on the opinions of the experts, they have wanted to clarify their opinion.

According to these companies, the decision of the Ministry

places us in the worst possible scenario, since it creates problems where there are none, forcing different autonomous communities (CC.A.) to apply logistical changes of great economic impact and doubtful health benefit, and also, it eliminates all expectations the health professionals of this country had deposited in the achievement of a Vaccination Calendar according to the needs of the population resident in Spain.

The new unique calendar

According to the Ministry, it is the first time that all health services accept to administer the same vaccines and at the same ages in all the Autonomous Regions, which will facilitate the achievement of universal coverage and will be at the level of the most complete in Europe.

But there are Communities that have already shown their disagreement, and the Generalitat de Catalunya and the autonomous Government of the Basque Country are unmarked.

The agreement is a continuation of the one adopted in February last year, in which all the Autonomous Communities set homogeneous guidelines for administering hepatitis B, diphtheria-tetanus-pertussis, haemofilus influenzae and polio vaccines, as well as the triple virus and the booster dose of tetanus and diphtheria.

Now, the common calendar has been completed by coordinating the doses and ages at which pertussis, human papillomavirus, meningococcal C and varicella vaccines will be administered.

But is this "minimum schedule" the best according to the experts? Have they supported it? It seems not.

The position of the Scientific Societies

The statement signed by the AEP, the AEV and the SEMPSPH focuses on several aspects, starting with the request for more time in the maturation of the consensus process, which has been broken. They do not refuse to establish a single calendar (in fact they are the main promoters for some time), but they want to do it in a thoughtful and reasoned way to avoid damage to the population.

In addition, they claim the priority of vaccination with conjugate vaccines against pneumococcus in children under five years of age, and fundamentally in children under two years of age (currently, only Galicia offers it universally in infants).

They also refer to whooping cough, given that the current epidemiological situation, characterized by an increase in the incidence of this disease in several countries with a socioeconomic context similar to ours, makes it necessary to exercise extreme vigilance over it, and it is likely that to take vacunological measures.

Finally, the AEP, the AEV and the SEMPSPH do not share the possibility that the available vaccines or those that are going to be available soon become hospitable and wish to carry out all the proactive vaccination activities that can be carried out. together with the health authorities.

In short, the Scientific Societies show their disagreement with the new single immunization schedule and do not want to be referenced as partners in the publication of the decisions already made by the Ministry for said calendar. We will see how this topic ends, because it seems that it will continue to speak ...

Via | AEPED Photo | Wikimedia Commons In Babies and more | Vaccination calendar for 2013: news, Why not vaccinating children endangers everyone's health

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