The purpose of the study was to analyze vaccination aspects against infectious diseases in Klaipeda County (Lithuania). In the study, the document analysis and descriptive analysis were used.
The study results revealed that in Klaipeda County, same as in Lithuania, not many people were vaccinated against pandemic flu A/H1N1. Pandemic flu vaccine supply to the country was much delayed. Pandemic flu vaccine “arrived”, when the main peak of epidemic was in the past, and the biggest part of population have gotten sick from the swine flu virus and/or seasonal flu virus. From February to May 2010, 226 people were vaccinated against pandemic flu (only 20 % of the possible/received pandemic flu vaccine doses). No complications there were recorded after pandemic (swine) flu vaccination (the same as in the other Baltic countries –Estonia and Latvia). In Klaipeda County in 2010-2011, there were vaccinated 83.7% of possible seasonal flu vaccine doses. In Klaipeda County among most spread air-borne diseases (excluding flu and acute respiratory diseases), in the first place was chicken –pox (92 %). During the last 10 years in Klaipeda County, a decrease was observed in infectious diseases morbidity in children. Over 2001-2010 there were not recorded cases of diphtheria and poliomyelitis, and recorded only 1 case of tetanus and 1 case of measles. During ten years in the country, a decrease was showed in the number of cases of pertussis (in 2011, recorded only one case), mumps (epidemic parotitis), hepatitis B, and rubella. In 2007, it was recorded only one case of rubella, and in 2008-2010, there were recorded no cases of rubella. In Klaipeda County in 2010, it was high level of vaccination against infectious diseases in children (there were vaccinated 94.2-99.5 % of children). In 2010, there were vaccinated 4033 adults (18.5 % of received vaccine doses) against diphtheria and tetanus. During the audit at health care institutions in Klaipeda County, it was assessed, as transfer and storage of vaccines, as well as organization of vaccination was appropriate and up to standard.
Keyword(s): vaccination, pandemic flu, seasonal flu, Air-Borne Diseases.
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