When in 1980 the Ministry of Health and Social Security of the Government of Catalonia was given the remit of health promotion by the Spanish Government, the first systematic immuni- zation schedule was created. The goal was to improve the health of children who are more likely to suffer from certain infectious and communicable diseases. Interventions undertaken in the past 34 years has made it possible to keep the elimination of polio and diphtheria. Other diseases that could be prevented through the use of vaccines have experienced a significant decline. Some diseases, such as measles, mumps and rubella, are now about to be elimina- ted. As well as allowing the achievement of important health goals, routine immunization schedule has other important functions: it allows us to know vaccines administered to diffe- rent cohorts of the Catalan population, and is a useful tool to understand the dynamics of cer- tain epidemic outbreaks.
Vaccination schedule; Systematic vaccination
Batalla-Clavell J, Urbiztondo-Perdices L, Borràs-López E, Martínez-Marcos M, Cabezas-Peña C. Evolució del calendari de vacunacions sistemàtiques de Catalunya (període 1980-2014). Butll Epidemiol Catalunya. 2014;35(2):15-23.
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