The Ministry of Health joins the international health community in observing the ninth annual Vaccination Week in the Americas from 23 – 30 April 2011 under the theme “Vaccinate your Family, Protect your Community.”
During vaccination week, the Ministry of Health supported by PAHO emphasizes the importance of the extended programme on immunization by reaching populations with limited access to regular services that are at an increased risk of contracting vaccine preventable diseases.
As part of the activities for the event, the Ministry of health officers will be visiting households and schools around the country for the purpose of providing information on vaccines; the diseases that vaccines prevent, and to offer children who have not completed their immunization schedule the necessary vaccines. Public clinics will open daily to provide information on immunization, and to administer vaccines to children who need to be vaccinated for protection against measles, whooping cough, tetanus, and Polio. Seasonal Influenza vaccine is also available for persons with chronic diseases, and for all older persons.
The last cases of vaccine preventable diseases in Belize occurred as follows: Polio 1981; Diphtheria 1982, Measles 1991, Rubella 2001, Tetanus, and Whooping Cough in 2008.
The Ministry of Health urges all parents and guardians to review their child immunization cards and take them to the nearest public clinic or health center for advice on vaccination.
“This has been a health and wellness message from your Ministry of Health”