Reference of this article: García Sánchez N, de Juan Martín F. Concerns about immigrant child immunization. Rev Pediatr Aten Primaria. 2005;7:53-66.
Published in Internet: 31-03-2005
The arrival of immigrant children to our country means a challenge for all Paediatricians.
To take care of these children, Health Promotion Activities are needed. Among them,
updating the immunization schedule in Primary Health Care is of great importance.
Continuous changes in Vaccination Schedule must be applied to all children and should
be provided in Immigrant Children Vaccination Programs, which means an increase in complexity
of Catch-up Schedule Immunization.
Levels of vaccination coverage are lower among immigrant children population than in
national-born children, especially against Haemophilus influenzae typo b and Hepatitis B.
This fact produces deep concern because of the frequent tendency of these children to live
under precarious conditions and to present increased risk of exposure.
On the other hand, the application of the Catch-up schedule Immunization to unknown
vaccination records children could lead children to an excess immunization, with
possible sensibilization reactions.
Besides, local epidemics of Hepatitis A have been reported when these children return
from a travel to their parents? countries.
No community is properly protected against vaccine-preventable diseases without high
vaccination coverage. Therefore, strategies, which could increase immigrant children vaccination
coverage, should be created so that effectiveness of Immunization Programs could
Keywords● Emigration and immigration ● Immunization programs