“Network with specialists on vaccine prevention is essential”

On vaccination campaigns there is a need for health professionals to network and above all to speak a single language. From the 54th national congress of the Italian Society of Hygiene – which is taking place in Lecce – the point has been made on what hygienists call the “calendar of life”, the appointments that everyone, and fragile subjects in particular, should take with vaccinations even after childhood.

“After the pandemic – explains Andrea Siddu, medical director at the prevention office of the Ministry of Health – the level of recommended vaccinations dropped. It is essential to identify a more efficient system for monitoring the vaccination register, even in the individual regions (and for this – he adds – we hope in the funds of the NRP) and to strengthen the prevention departments ”.

The Covid drama as a tool from which to learn the usefulness of online reservations, vaccination hubs especially for adolescents, information campaigns in schools, therefore. But there are also the critical issues of the post-pandemic. “They have withstood vaccinations on children – says Maria Teresa Sinopoli, hygienist of ASL Roma 4 -. They have resisted because they are mandatory and because over the years we have managed to create the cultural basis that takes their importance for granted. But on the rest there is. it was a decline. “

Then the debate on co-administration, between fears and efficacy. And Sinopoli explains the importance of transmitting safety to parents thanks to greater awareness on the part of operators. Claudio Costantino, researcher at the Policlinico di Palermo defines a real challenge the need to close the gap on the “recommended” vaccines created during the Covid pandemic: “We in Sicily – he says – are trying to set up a vaccination register that I believe it is the right path for everyone ”.

The current National Vaccine Prevention Plan has been extended until the end of this 2021, while the 2022-2025 Plan is being worked on. But there is still resistance, particularly on co-administration, typical of healthcare professionals: the transition must therefore be first of all cultural, because “without a network with specialists, who have that indispensable relationship of trust with patients, the waiting rooms vaccinations would be empty “, underlines Laura Sticchi, immunologist and hygienist at San Martino in Genoa who then explains the need for vaccination against meningococcus for numerous categories at risk, such as for example subjects with acquired or congenital immunodeficiency:” The vaccination against meningococcus it is recommended in some categories because they are at high risk of invasive meningococcal disease ”.

And among the pathologies from which to protect fragile subjects, we must not forget Herpes Zoster against which various regions, including Liguria, are taking action to make the new adjuvanted recombinant vaccine available: “The new vaccine that is arriving will allow us to change the vaccination approach towards ultra-fragile populations who, due to their conditions, cannot afford to receive a live attenuated vaccine for safety reasons ”, concludes Sticchi.

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