Vaccination Week observed
Monday, April 29, 2019
by GIS

Immunization and vaccination remains one of the most efficient and cost-effective public health strategies used to reduce and prevent diseases.

Vaccinations have been beneficial in eradicating diseases like smallpox, eliminating measles in some parts of the region, and reducing morbidity and mortality among populations.

In observing Vaccination Week of the Americas, the Department of Health and Wellness is joining the global community in promoting the use of vaccines to protect people of all ages against disease.

Dr. Sharon Belmar George, the Medical Officer for Health, said that since immunizations began in 1977 there have been great reductions of many diseases in Saint Lucia.

This year, Vaccination Week of the Americas was observed from April 20 - 27. The theme for this year’s campaign is “Protected Together: Vaccines Work!”

Assistant Principal Nursing Officer and Immunization Manager, Julietta Cassius Frederick said Saint Lucia continues to improve on the vaccines that it offers to the public.

Over the years, the Department of Health has done tremendous work with primary schools to ensure that every child is fully vaccinated before school entry. This year, the focus will be at the community level, where daycare centers, pre-schools, parents and community members can be educated on the importance of vaccination in protecting the entire community.