Cancun, Q.R. – The state of Quintana Roo could be the first in the country to utilize a new dengue vaccine.
The head of the state’s Ministry of Health, Juan Lorenzo Ortegón Pacheco, said that although it is approved, the circulation of the vaccine will not begin until approved by federal authorities. He also warned that the dengue vaccination is not a substitute action against the virus.
“The vaccine was approved by COFEPRIS but it is not yet on the market. We expect the laboratories to tell us when we can start to apply the vaccine and to which groups,” he said.
He explained that the implementation of the vaccine will be in states with more cases of dengue, although it is a decision taken by federal authorities, mentioning that Quintana Roo is one of the states where the disease is considered endemic.
The ministry of health head says that the vaccine could be in place this year upon approval of the laboratory. Although the vaccine is not yet available to the domestic market, Pacheco says that Mexico can say it was the first country in the world to record use of the dengue vaccine.
Federal information for Quintana Roo shows that six out of 10 people who were exposed to the dengue virus in 2015 became sick. The vaccine is designed for those between the ages of 9 to 45 years of age where it has proven to be more effective against being diagnosed with severe dengue disease and thus, reducing hospitalizations.