PAHO said the initiative was part of activities marking the 16th annual “Vaccination Week” in the Americas from April 21-28. It was aimed at promoting the vital role of vaccination in saving lives.
PAHO said the theme for the campaign was “Strengthen your defense! #GetVax #VaccinesWork”. It was chosen in honor of the 2018 soccer World Cup this summer in Russia.
PAHO said it also “seeks to encourage the population in general, and particularly those planning a trip abroad, to get vaccinated in order to strengthen their immune systems and avoid disease.”
As part of the Vaccination Week in the Americas celebrations, PAHO said 11 countries announced their intention to strengthen measles immunization through the vaccination of six million people.
PAHO said the endemic measles virus was eliminated in the Americas, but continues to circulate in other parts of the world.
“Vaccination Week is a great opportunity to unite efforts in protecting the health of the population,” said Dr. Carissa F. Etienne, PAHO’s Dominican-born director.
As part of the “Vaccination Week” campaign, PAHO said 14 countries were scheduled to be vaccinated against influenza, 16 against polio, 13 against the human papilloma virus (HPV), and five will against yellow fever. Sixteen countries also planned a series of other public health actions, such as the distribution of Vitamin A and de-worming initiatives, in addition to vaccinating, PAHO said.