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Patricia Gómez, Minister of Health and Consumption of the Balearic Government, gets the vaccine for CF approved in the Balearic Islands.
Thanks to the social pressure of the families of the Cystic Fibrosis Balearic Association, the Minister imposed her criteria to vaccinate the CF collective, before the Interterritorial Commission of Public Health did the same at national level.
Courageous decisions in politics can help many families
Today, families with Cystic Fibrosis smile and thank the courage of Patricia Gomez, for anticipating the opinion of the Ministry of Health at the state level, which yesterday May 26 announced the inclusion of the CF group in the vaccination strategy against Covid-19 in Spain.
No one understood how a group considered to be at high risk for influenza could not also be at risk for Covid-19, a disease that mainly affects the respiratory system. According to the group of specialists in Cystic Fibrosis, the vaccine was necessary, so it was not understood that the people who advised the Government on the vaccination strategy did not pay attention to it.
What is Cystic Fibrosis?
Cystic Fibrosis is a genetic, serious and degenerative disease that to date has no cure.
It mainly affects the respiratory, digestive, reproductive and sweat glands.
Currently, more than 2,000 mutations are known to cause the disease.
Statistics show that 1 in 5,000 people in Spain has Cystic Fibrosis (1 in 6,400 in the Balearic Islands) and 1 in 35 people is a carrier of a gene that causes the disease.
In the Balearic Islands there are 73 known diagnosed cases, but statistics speak of between 85 and 90 possible cases.
The awareness project of the Respiralia Foundation aims to raise awareness of this disease in order to discover those cases of people who have Cystic Fibrosis but have not yet been diagnosed.