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This is an efficient measure for immunity of children in the face of infectious diseases that could result in disorders, severe disability and that otherwise reduces the mortality rate.

Sources World Health Organization, WHO and Health Ministry of Colombia

Efficient action. Vaccines interact with the immune system of a person and produce a response similar to the one generated from natural infections without causing the disease or putting the individual at risk of suffering possible complications. Not getting vaccinated or not taking the complete dose is life threatening. The most habitual method for administering them is injection.

In Colombia 94% of children five-years-old have been vaccinated according the Data Portal of the national government.

Access to the vaccination system. All those under six years of age in this country are entitled to receive the vaccines included in the national scheme endorsed by the Ministry of Health that comprises 21 immunizations and prevents 25 diseases. Upon application pain in the injection site, fever or rash may present, but these symptoms disappear within hours.

Vaccines against diseases such as diphtheria, measles, pneumonia, rotavirus, rubella, tetanus and polio prevent 2 to 3 million deaths a year according to the WHO.

Take into account

  • It is important that parents have their child’s Vaccination Card to keep control of the ones he receives and the ones pending.
  • In youth and adulthood reinforcements are necessary according to individual needs of each patient. Consultation with a medical doctor is highly recommendable.
  • For long and/or short trips, all travelers must learn of vaccine regulations of the place they will be visiting.

 See also: Vaccines, a preventative measure