Around the world, regular childhood vaccination schedules have been affected by the COVID-19 pandemic and today it is necessary recover coverage to prevent the reappearance of preventable diseases.
There were several factors that caused this delay: the shortage of vaccines due to a deficit in the allocation of resources, a worldwide delay in terms of production and the lack of access of children to public or private Medical Centers due to isolation.
Vaccination schedule ( 4 a 6 years)
The vaccination scheme in Ecuador includes vaccination reinforcements to 5 diphtheria years, Tetanus, Pertussis and Polio, around this age (4 a 6 years) the scheme of the World Health Organization also indicates a reinforcement against Measles, Mumps, Rubella and Chickenpox.
Vaccines against stationary influenza with strains will also arrive in the country soon. 2021-2022 which are also necessary at this age, especially in children at risk such as immunosuppressed or with chronic diseases.
COVID vaccination 19
The current vaccination against COVID in children is the perfect time to review immunization records, detect missing vaccines and schedule equalization in the vaccination schedule.
The time that should exist between the COVID-19 vaccine and the rest of vaccines has been decreasing according to CDC guidelines (Center for Disease Control and Prevention) and is currently from 15 days between vaccine and vaccine.
In summary, the recommendation is to administer the COVID vaccine at this time 19, take advantage of the moment to review with your pediatrician doctor the vaccination schedule that the child has and consciously plan the administration of the vaccines that the child has delayed after 15 days.
Drag. Piedad Villacís Ramos
Pediatrician Hospital Vozandes.