The European vaccination week it is celebrated from the day 22 until April 27, 2013. And to reinforce the messages associated with vaccines and the impact they have on children, the Spanish Society of Vacunology (AEV), the Spanish Association of Pediatrics (AEP) and the Spanish Society for Preventive Medicine, Public Health and Hygiene (SEMPSPH) they are going to make a campaign to promote knowledge of vaccines among the Spanish population. The action is called Diseases in danger of extinction ... Vaccines save lives and there will be many activities in the Museum of Natural Sciences of Madrid in order to increase the training and information on vaccines and the importance of prevention and the use that these have had for social welfare.
In addition, the communication of this vaccination week It has served to present the study of the Behavior of the Spaniards against prevention. It is the result of a Survey conducted by Nielsen and Sanofi Pasteur MSD. Among the results, it is indicated that only two out of ten Spaniards know where they have their vaccination card. It has also been published that 45% of the interviewees affirm that they do not have a vaccination card and the remaining 35% do not know where they keep it. And is that vaccines are essential against seasonal flu, tetanus, measles and chickenpox.
Vaccines against seasonal flu and tetanus are those with the highest recognition by the population (55% and 48% respectively), followed by measles (46%) and chicken pox (42%). Vaccines for rotavirus and human papillomavirus (HPV) are also more knowledgeable among the group of parents and the age groups between 31 and 45 years.
The survey analyzes the attitude of Spanish parents towards vaccination and thus indicates that 75% of parents are unaware of the next vaccine they should give their child. It also indicates that the safety and efficacy of vaccines are supported by the Spanish population with 67%. It is also indicated that two out of three Spanish respondents indicated that When you get vaccinated, you don't only take into account individual protection against viruses, but also that of everyone around you. This solidarity behavior is strengthened among people with children due to their greater awareness and knowledge about vaccines.
The doctor Amos García Rojas, vice president of the AEV indicates that "vaccines save three million lives every year and are an essential tool to protect against diseases, reduce mortality in children and adults and increase life expectancy." It also indicates that "vaccination represents the safest, most effective and cost effective health intervention available to health systems."
So with the aim of promoting awareness and social knowledge about the importance of prevention and the contribution of vaccines to social well-being, the Spanish Association of Vaccination (AEV), and the Spanish Society of Preventive Medicine, Public Health and Hygiene (SEMPSPH), with the collaboration of Sanofi Pasteur MSD, launch the initiative Diseases in danger of extinction ... Vaccines save lives. And, as Marta Reyes, Director of Communication at Sanofi Pasteur MSD, says, “vaccines have been able to eradicate diseases, which for years had a dramatic impact on the population, causing epidemics and even deaths. Therefore, we must not forget that the decrease in coverage can cause diseases to emerge that are currently controlled, eradicated or endangered. ”
From April 22 to 27 at the National Museum of Natural Sciences you can attend the temporary exhibition Diseases in danger of extinction ... Vaccines save lives in which scientific information can be accessed to discover infectious diseases that have contributed to social welfare or which vaccines have been responsible for controlling or eradicating numerous diseases throughout history. There will also be a Drawings and Stories contest for children who come to the Museum and visit the exhibition.
Note: Sanofi Pasteur MSD is a joint venture between Sanofi Pasteur, the vaccine division of Sanofi and Merck & Co., Inc. Sanofi Pasteur MSD is the only company in Europe dedicated exclusively to vaccines. The objective is to extend protection against more diseases and improve existing vaccines in order to improve the acceptance, efficacy and tolerance of vaccination.