חיסוני שיגרה ככלי לצמצום אי-שוויון בבריאות בישראל

Translated title of the contribution: Routine immunizations as a tool to reduce inequalities in health

אילנה בלמקר, איתמר גרוטו

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Abstract

The effectiveness and safety of immunization against the varicella-zoster virus (vzv) has been established after decades of use in the Far East and the U.S. It has been licensed in Israel since 1999. Nevertheless, it has not yet been included in the routine immunizations provided free through Maternal and Child Health (Tipat Halav) clinics. This is one of the causes of increasing inequalities in health since immunization against vzv is only available via a large co-payment. The Ministry of Health has decided to include immunization against vzv in its routine immunization program for children born in 2007. This is an important step towards implementing the goals of the Ministry of Health's program Healthy Israel 2020. The Tipat Halav clinics provide universal and equitable community-based services to the whole population, regardless of socio-economic status. This system needs to be strengthened in order to further reduce inequalities in health in Israel.
Translated title of the contributionRoutine immunizations as a tool to reduce inequalities in health
Original languageHebrew
Pages (from-to)690
Number of pages1
Journalהרפואה
Volume147
Issue number8-9
StatePublished - Sep 2008

Keywords

  • Health inequalities
  • Immunizations
  • Maternal and child health
  • Varicella-Zoster

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • General Medicine

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