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Costa Rica launches children's vaccination campaign

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Published on Wednesday, April 3, 2024
By the A.M. Costa Rica staff

This week, Social Security launched a vaccination program against measles, rubella, and mumps for children aged 15 months to 10 years old.

The immunization of 563,000 children is organized by the Ministry of Health and the Pan-American Health Organization (PAHO).

The action responds to the epidemiological alert for measles in Latin America, established by PAHO as a result of the low coverage of first and second doses of the MMR vaccine, as well as an increase in measles cases globally and imported cases in countries of the region.

"Coverage must be optimal and homogeneous," said Elvis Delgado, a Social Security physician.

The vaccination will be free and available in schools, shelters and public clinics.

The campaign will be extended until May 24 to cover 95% of the target population.

Costa Rican children are required by Social Security to get free basic vaccinations against Covid-19, Tuberculosis, Hepatitis B, Streptococcus, Pneumonia, Diphtheria, Pertussis, Tetanus, Poliomyelitis, Rotavirus, Haemophilus, Measles, Rubella, Mumps, and Varicella. In addition, all females above the age of ten must have the Papillomavirus vaccination.

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