World Immunization Week, 2020.
Theme – #Vaccines work for all #
By Pharm. Amadi Cynthia N.
A vaccine is a biological preparation that provides active immunity to a particular infectious disease. In a vaccine is contained an agent that resembles a disease causing micro-organism and it is often made from weakened or killed forms of the microbe, it’s toxins or its surface proteins.
Based on WHO statistics, nearly 20 million children are still un-vaccinated and under vaccinated worldwide. In 2019, the Democratic Republic of Congo experienced more than 6000 deaths due to measles. Vaccines are developed and delivered to protect the health of everyone everywhere. World Immunization Week is celebrated in the last week of April yearly. It aims at promoting the use of Vaccines to protect against diseases in all ages.
Millions of lives both children and adults have been saved from infectious diseases with the use of Vaccines.
The outbreak of vaccine preventable diseases could be catastrophic for communities already suffering the impacts of covid 19 pandemic and there will be great increase in illness and fatality.
The routine Immunization of children and also some adults when necessary is of essence. If Immunization services must be suspended, there should be urgent catch up vaccinations as soon as possible, prioritizing those most at risk. All Immunization services must consider the necessity of ensuring that people are protected against preventable diseases such as: cervical cancer, cholera, diphtheria, ebola, hepatitis b, influenza, Japanese encephalitis, pertussis, measles, meningitis, mumps, Pneumonia, polio, rabies, rota virus, rubella, tetanus, typhoid, varicella, yellow fever e.t.c as well as the safety of community and health workers.
To combat the re- emergence of other deadly diseases, we must continue delivering Vaccines where we can and increase Immunization once the covid-19 outbreak is under control. Protect your self and those around you with Vaccines.
Vaccines save lives!
Vaccines fights poverty!
Vaccines promote good health!