Vaccines: the toll-free number arrives to talk to the experts

Vaccines: the toll-free number arrives to talk to the experts

From June 14, the Ministry of Health will activate the public utility number 1500 to question experts on mandatory vaccinations

The toll-free number arrives to answer the parents' doubts about vaccines. From Wednesday 14 June, the Ministry of Health will activate 1500, a number of public utility to question the experts about the changes introduced by the new law-decree on mandatory vaccinations, required to allow their children to attend school.

You can call the doctors of the Ministry from Monday to Friday, from 10 am to 4 pm. To announce the activation of the service, a circular sent to the Regions, the Italian Drug Agency (Aifa), the Higher Institute of Health and to the National Institute of Health, Migration and Poverty (Inmp).

The circular clarifies, point by point, how to apply the decree-law that has increased to 12 the compulsory vaccinations for enrollment in compulsory education from 0 to 16 years, reiterating that they are free. It is emphasized that the objective is to make vaccines for epidemic risk diseases compulsory, to guarantee the "immunity of flocks", ie to protect even those who, due to health reasons, cannot be vaccinated.

The decree-law includes anti-pertussis, anti-Haemophilus influenzae type b, anti-meningococcal B, anti-meningococcal C, anti-measles, anti-rubella, anti-mumps and anti-varicella. The obligation also concerns vaccination calls, to ensure correct immunization and maintenance of the protection induced by vaccination over time.

For the recovery of the unvaccinated or partially vaccinated, by the competent ASLs, there will be need for an evaluation by the health care professional, who will have to consider several factors, including vaccines and the number of doses already administered, the age of the child and the presence of any clinical conditions of the child.

The news does not concern only the toll-free number, which will be activated from Wednesday 14 June. Thanks to an agreement with the Ministry of Education, for the school year 2017/2018 the Ministry of Health will also support training initiatives for teaching and educational staff, as well as for pupils and students on health prevention issues, in particular vaccinations, with involvement parents' associations.

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