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There is no global childhood vaccination schedule, depending on the geographic area in which you live, some childhood vaccines are free and others are paid. This has resulted in many families with minimal income being unable to vaccinate their children against certain diseases such as rotavirus, chickenpox or pneumococcus since the cost of vaccines is very high.
Each country has its own policy around vaccines and they develop an annual calendar that includes those that are free. In Spain, the vaccine against influenza, pneumococcus, chickenpox or rotavirus were not part of the official childhood vaccination schedule, so parents who wanted to administer them to their children had to pay for them out of their own pockets. However, health officials have reintroduced pneumococcus only for children born in 2015.
The cost of Rotateq and Prevenar 13 is high: each one costs between 75 and 80 euros, and taking into account that you have to administer 3 doses of each, the amount can amount to about 800 euros before the baby is one year old. If, in addition, the parents want to vaccinate the child against chickenpox, the cost rises between 45 and 60 euros, although it is a medicine that was prohibited for sale in Spanish pharmacies in 2013 and in 2014 it was classified as for hospital use.
In Mexico, for example, Rotateq (against rotavirus) is included and in Argentina, in addition to this, Prevenar 13 (against pneumococcus) is administered free of charge. France, Norway or Italy also do not administer the rotavirus vaccine for free.
Some parents wonder why some vaccines are not on the official children's calendarsIs it why public health cannot pay for all vaccines for everyone? Is it because they are not necessary at a certain time? Why are babies vaccinated against new diseases and nothing is said about them? were they not vaccinated before? The answers given by those responsible are that the vaccination schedule depends on the increase or decrease in cases of diseases. If there are no cases of chickenpox, why vaccinate?
However, this answer does not satisfy the parents, since diseases such as rotavirus and pneumococcus are not eradicated. In Spain, each year between 150,000 and 200,000 cases are treated at home45,000 cases require a pediatrician's consultation, and around 5,000 cases require hospital admission. In Europe, one child dies every day from rotavirus. Why then should children whose parents do not have enough income to pay for the vaccine should be disadvantaged and unprotected?
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