Public Health is a critical component of the healthcare system, often overlooked in favor of other medical fields. However, its importance becomes evident during times of crisis, such as the ongoing Covid pandemic. Preventative measures and resources are necessary to safeguard the health of all citizens, as emphasized in the recent “Take care of your health” meeting.
Elena Andradas, the general director of Public Health for the Community of Madrid, highlighted the significance of investing in prevention programs and maintaining up-to-date information systems. Additionally, she stressed the importance of training at all levels, particularly for health professionals.
Collaboration between different entities and private companies is also vital in public health. Juan Carlos Gil, general director of Moderna for Spain and Portugal, underscored the importance of investment in vaccine production and distribution to ensure access for patients across Europe. Moderna has made significant investments in Spain and plans to continue doing so. Furthermore, collaboration with scientific societies and universities is crucial for advancing public health initiatives.
The acceptance of vaccines by the population is essential to ensure successful prevention programs. Ángel Gil de Miguel from the Vaccine Advisory Committee of the Ministry of Health emphasized that involving community and family medicine can help improve vaccination rates among adults. Jaime Jesús Pérez, president of the Spanish Association of Vaccinology pointed out that continuous observation and analysis are necessary to understand why certain populations are not vaccinated.
Vaccination has proven to be a cost-effective measure that saves lives worldwide. The use of mRNA technology for Covid vaccines has led to advancements in vaccine manufacturing and has potential applications for various health conditions in future pandemics or outbreaks. It is imperative that we strengthen our public systems for prevention and public health to be prepared for any future crises.
As experts remind us during this new Covid vaccination campaign, vaccination prevents millions of deaths worldwide and it’s crucial that individuals understand its importance in supporting public health and preventing diseases.