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SERHA Commemorates Vaccination Week in the Americas

Apr 26, 2018  |  Kingston

Mrs. Joyce Morgan Howell (second right), senior public health nurse explains the importance of vaccination to (L-R) Dr. Carol Lloyd, Programme Development Officer, Ministry of Health; Dr. Yvonne Munroe, Programme Manager FSH and Ms. Joyce Noble, Female Orderly, Kingston and St. Andrew Health Services during the Kingston and St. Andrew's launch of the 16th vaccination week of the Americas on Monday, April 23, 2018. Looking on is Mrs. Rose Atkinson Wong (right), Senior Public Health Nurse.

The South East Regional Health Authority (SERHA) is commemorating Vaccination Week in the Americas with a number of activities including workshops to sensitise staff and residents across St. Thomas, St. Catherine and Kingston and St. Andrew about the importance of being vaccinated against a wide variety of vaccine preventable diseases.

In addition, several visits are being made to police stations, schools and Golden Ages Homes to promote access to immunization.

The Kingston and St. Andrew Health Services kicked off its week-long celebration on Monday, April 23, 2018 with a launch at the Kingston and St. Andrew Health Department.

Vaccination Week in the Americas (VWA) is an annual initiative that has been observed on April 21 to 28 since 2003 by the Directing Council of the Pan-American Health Organization.

This year, the Region of the Americas will celebrate its 16th Vaccination Week in the Americas campaign under the theme “Strengthen your defense! #GetVax #VaccinesWorks”. This theme is in honour of the 2018 World Cup.

In addition, other activities for the week will include educational sessions as well as football competitions and counselling.

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