World Immunization Week
The Centers for Disease Control recognizes the last week of April as World Immunization Week. World Immunization Week promotes the use of vaccinations to protect people of all ages against disease. According to the World Health Organization, immunizations prevent millions of deaths from diseases like diphtheria, influenza, pertussis (whooping cough), and others.
Vaccinations work along with our body’s natural defenses to keep us and those around us from getting sick. Vaccinations have significantly decreased the mortality rate or deaths and disabilities caused by preventable diseases. Preventing two to three million deaths every year, immunizations are recognized as the most successful and cost efficient health interventions ever made (uicc.org).
This year’s theme is #VaccinesWork for all, which focuses on those who develop, deliver and receive vaccinations. The current climate of a world with no vaccination for COVID-19 demonstrates the impact and value of vaccinations for the health of people across the world.
Over the last 5 years, 113 countries introduced new vaccines and more than 20 million additional children have been vaccinated. In 2017, 116.2 million children received vaccinations – the highest ever reported (who.int). Despite of the increase in immunizations, several children in poor communities across the world are not vaccinated. Over the last two years the world has seen multiple outbreaks of measles, diphtheria and various other vaccine-preventable diseases (who.int). Increasing awareness, education, and access to immunizations, will decrease the risk of a virus outbreak, and will aid in keeping all communities healthy. Do your part in educating your patients and community about the importance of vaccinations. Every appointment is an opportunity to check in on vaccinations.
Join TCHP in raising awareness to protect people from vaccine preventable diseases. By staying up to date on recommended vaccinations, you aid in protecting your health and the health of those around you.