Vaccination: Its Importance for the Children of Coventry

The Department of Health urges a group of eligible people to be vaccinated against flu


The flu virus lurks and the Department of Health has launched the classic annual vaccination campaign among risk groups: mainly children, but it extends to the elderly, pregnant women and those with respiratory or cardiac diseases. This year, the Department has focused on the immunization of children because of its enormous contagious capacity in the face of what they consider to be an unpredictable illness when winter arrives.

Eligibility for vaccination is decided by the Joint Committee on Vaccination and Immunization (JCVI). This Board, with an affiliation in which doctors and professors participate, advises and concludes that the vaccine aims to protect those most at risk from having the flu, these are children between two and eight years of age and children who are find in elementary school.

The Department ensures that vaccination offers “the best protection” against this unpleasant disease that can lead to death among at-risk groups, including the elderly, pregnant women and people with underlying medical conditions. Although they do not guarantee 100% effectiveness, they do assure that the flu will be milder after vaccination.

A nasal spray as a vaccination

Children between 2 and 17 with long-term health problems, including diabetes, are at increased risk of getting the flu, they say in the NHS. The measure to follow has been changed, since the classic anti-flu Jab has been changed to a nasal spray. Just one spray is needed in each nostril, since no needles are needed, and it is quick and painless.

Vaccination will be free for the fall / winter of 2017/2018 and will be available in the NHS. Parents of children in Coventry, concerned about the health of their children, may contact the primary care physician or the school nurse in which they are, they have the duty to inform about the flu and the necessary measures to fight it

Effectiveness of vaccines 

Health professionals emphasize the importance of the vaccine, not only in children but also in adults, for the prevention of diseases and, in extreme cases, death. According to WHO figures, vaccines prevent between two to three million deaths per year by providing protection against diseases against diphtheria, measles, pneumonia, influenza, and tetanus, among many others.

But the figures indicate that about 22 million children around the world are not vaccinated. Diego Villagrán, member of the Health Team at the University Hospital of Puerto Real (Spain), says that “there is still no general awareness that children should be vaccinated … some parents are reluctant to see their children between needles and most of them He forgets that vaccines have prevented so much in developed countries that anti-vaccine groups end up without arguments. ”

“It is correct that the authorities want to promote vaccination as an effective measure against diseases … I am convinced that there is an uninformed mass of population and the governments in question must ensure information and action.”


Isidoro Méndez Caro   

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