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Protected Together, #VaccinesWork

Posted on: April 25, 2018

Contributor(s): Cullen Quigley

 

Like many health organizations, Primary Health Solutions promotes immunizations for all children that come through our health network. On a local scale, most children receive immunizations prior to entering school due to national and state requirements. However, in many parts of the world, this is not the case.

 

Shockingly, 1 in 10 children worldwide will never receive any form of immunization, let alone be seen by a health system in their native country. While lack of immunization in the United States takes on a more political issue, other countries face resource shortages and lack of access.

 

During the month of April, the World Health Organization is promoting World Immunization Week, which lasts from April 24 to April 30. While the entire month of August is typically used to support the same sentiments, Immunization Week takes on a themed approach.

 

Currently, the WHO declares, “Immunization saves millions of lives and is widely recognized as one of the world’s most successful and cost-effective health interventions.” This year’s theme is “Protected Together, #VaccinesWork” showing that a stronger effort from every level is beneficial for the community at large. Further advocacy is needed to get more families vaccinated.

 

Immunizations are not only for protecting yourself against the annual flu. Vaccines work to prevent a wide variety of diseases and infections. Vaccines are tailored for regional needs and may vary between countries. While most people support vaccinations, they still raise concerns.

 

For more information on immunizations, please refer here: http://www.who.int/features/qa/84/en/