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    Will extend the immunization campaign to the general population: SSA
    There is possibility that the alert was raised from yellow to red, said Jose Angel Cordova Villalobos. Currently, 67 thousand 982 cases and 800 deaths from the pandemic virus

    Tue, 22/12/2009 - 16:59

    The federal official explained that from January 11 began a campaign to vaccinate the population. Photo: ArchivoM?xico .- Given the low interest of medical personnel to access the human influenza vaccine A/H1N1, Health Secretary Jose Angel Cordova Villalobos reported that in February referred to the immunization campaign to extend to the general population , whether or not risk factors.

    The federal official explained that from January 11 began a campaign to vaccinate the general population to have any risk factors such as morbid obesity, uncontrolled diabetes or any chronic degenerative disease, and in February will be extended to the population generally no risk factor.

    "We will not force anyone, the vaccine will not be compulsory for anyone. If we call on the responsibility, especially for health personnel to protect yourself and the people it serves, but if at any time come January, February and still no vaccines ... we will open to all who wish to vaccinate "he said.

    The charge of health policy in Mexico explained that the extension of A/H1N1 vaccine due the fact that the epidemiological alert light can change from yellow to red, the next two months.

    "Until late January, early February, we will be in yellow but could rise to red, hopefully not," at the escalation of the cold and increased cases of infection.

    Currently, 67 thousand 982 cases and 800 deaths from the pandemic virus.

    For this reason, epidemiological surveillance be strengthened in the last of January and early February, "we are ready and prepared, at this moment there is no oversubscription of services, whether more consultation for respiratory problems, it's going to happen, we will have more patients with respiratory problems, not necessarily H1N1.

    The federal government, he said, is prepared to avoid any overflow: has sufficient distributable reserves to the states, oseltamivir and zanamivir, with fans and is sufficient to acquire the Peramivir, which is extremely expensive, two thousand dollars per treatment, and with which it intends to save the lives of critically ill patients.

    And is that the pandemic, but circulates throughout the country, has had "a new upsurge" in Campeche, Yucatan and Quintana Roo, and so far discussed "the case of a fourth wave," said Hugo Lopez-Gatell, Deputy Director of Epidemiology, National Center of Epidemiological Surveillance Ministry of Health.

    Moreover, Cordova Villalobos said that in mid-January could be available now A/H1N1 vaccine in the private sector and sold in pharmacies, after they release COFEPRIS appropriate permissions based on safety and efficacy studies .

    "I've said over and over again and I have shown, the vaccine is the best in the world is safe, clear that any vaccine may cause a reaction, the 24 cases that there have been minor reactions and more serious with an anaphylactic reaction with edema were checked very quickly. "

    In Mexico, the official acknowledged, have been applied only the first 400 thousand vaccine batch of 865 thousand, and by the end of this year is expected to have a budget of 5 million doses, which will continue to apply to pregnant women and minors .

    Starting Wednesday, he said, will hold conference call with all state secretaries to inform them about these new policies to expand the vaccine, first, children six to 24 months, all pregnant women in second and third quarters and caregivers young children.

    Blanca Valadez
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