Cayman marks Vaccination Week

The Public Health Department is urging parents to get their children vaccinated as Cayman joins other jurisdictions across the Americas in marking the 13th annual Vaccination Week.

Cayman has a child vaccination rate of 95 percent for most vaccines. That’s a high rate, but nurse and immunization program coordinator Angela Graham said, “There are still some children who do not complete their vaccine schedule, thus leaving them at risk.”

The Public Health Department will host special clinics next week so children can get up to date with their vaccinations.

The childhood immunization schedule recommends vaccines against 15 diseases at set times between birth and age 15.

Parents should contact their pediatrician or local Health Services Authority health center to make sure their children are up to date with vaccines.

Public health workers will host special vaccine clinics for children on a first-come, first-served basis. They will be at the Cayman Islands Hospital’s public health clinic on Wednesday and Friday, April 29 and May 1, from 2 p.m. to 4 p.m.; West Bay Health Centre on Friday, May 1, from 8:30 a.m. to 1 p.m.; and Bodden Town Health Centre on Friday and Saturday, May 1 and 2, from 2 p.m. to 4 p.m.