Experts: “In Calabria co-administration of vaccines saves 3 pediatric sessions”

(Adnkronos) – “The co-administration of four vaccines at the same time (hexavalent, anti-pneumococcal, anti-meningitis B, anti-rotavirus) has allowed us to save three vaccination sessions under the age of two: in Calabria the sessions are in fact four instead of seven, also resulting in greater adherence and timely completion of vaccination cycles, without any increase in adverse reactions. Objectively”, 4 vaccination sessions instead of 7 improve compliance, “producing greater vaccination coverage, especially for those so-called recommended and non-mandatory vaccinations. And, naturally, they allow a saving of time and human resources, but also less discomfort for parents who only have to show up four times in the first two years, instead of seven”. Thus Sandro Giuffrida, director of the Department of Prevention and Uoc Hygiene and Public Health Asp Reggio Calabria, to Adnkronos, comments on the results of the two years of vaccination calendar experience in Calabria, on the occasion of the Ecm meeting dedicated to the topic and recently organized in Vibo Valentia.

“Co-administration – continues Giuffrida – ‘best practice’ experience, which in Calabria we have been extending, for a long time, also to the adult/elderly population, is an extraordinary tool that allows us to carry out multiple vaccinations in the same subject, reducing the risk that some vaccinations is missed and, therefore, the child is not adequately immunized. Co-administration is an extraordinary tool because it allows you to administer multiple vaccines at the same time and achieve greater results both in terms of vaccination compliance and resource savings.”

Reminding parents of the recommended vaccinations and not just the mandatory ones “is very important – observes Giuffrida – because vaccinations are all important and there should be no distinction between mandatory and recommended. Unfortunately, the distinction that still exists leads some parents to give up on the recommended ones, especially if you schedule them on days other than the mandatory ones. The co-administration of all available vaccines, in these cases, allows us to also prevent extremely dangerous diseases, such as meningitis which is very frequent especially between 4 and 8 months of life. In fact, by co-administering the protection of the newborn is achieved within these limited time limits. If inoculation is postponed, the child could contract the disease when he is not yet protected. It is also very important, beyond co-administration, to promote all non-mandatory vaccinations in newborns because they protect against diseases that we no longer hear about, precisely because over the years people have been vaccinated so well that they have almost disappeared, but are ready to reappear. – he adds – when the guard is lowered and vaccination coverage is reduced. For example, at the moment there are outbreaks of whooping cough and measles.

Finally, “co-administration does not scare parents – underlines Giuffrida – If the healthcare worker is adequately trained, assertive and perhaps accompanied by recommendations from the paediatrician of free choice, as happens in Calabria, there is no doubt about parental compliance”. Confirmation is given by the fact that in Reggio Calabria 95% participation in co-administration was achieved. When it is adequately presented, parents comply calmly, also considering the fact that any adverse events – he concludes – are reduced because a child who is vaccinated only four times risks having a fever, if it occurs, only four times and not seven”.

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