Special immunization clinic for Vaccination Week

Amanda Hurlston holds her daughter Jahzario Bodden, 3, as she gets a vaccination from nurse Anniekay Price at the Cayman Islands Hospital in April 2017.

The Public Health Department is hosting a special immunization clinic on Saturday from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. for children who need vaccinations, including those with missed/outstanding doses.

The clinic coincides with the 16th Vaccination Week in the Americas.

Cayman health officials will contact parents to schedule appointments for their children. For others seeking vaccines, no appointment is necessary and they will be administered on a first-come, first-served basis. For more information, contact the Public Health Department on 244-2648.

This year’s Vaccination Week has a football theme in honor of the 2018 World Cup.

The campaign slogan “Strengthen your defense! #GetVax #VaccinesWork” links strengthening defence on the football team with strengthening the body’s defence against vaccine-preventable diseases. Since 2003, more than 700 million people have been vaccinated under the framework of Vaccination Week in the Americas, according to a news release from Minister for Health, Environment, Culture and Housing Dwayne Seymour.

“Due to our very robust immunisation programme in the Cayman Islands, headed by the Public Health Department for more than 65 years, we have surely seen the results of hard work and diligence. I am proud to say that we have eliminated small pox, polio, neonatal tetanus, diphtheria, pertussis, measles, rubella [German measles], mumps, and tuberculous meningitis,” Minister Seymour said.

“As Minister of Health, I use this platform to reaffirm my commitment to support the strengthening of all public health initiatives and outputs to ensure eradicated diseases do not reappear in our beautiful islands. This feat, however, cannot be achieved in isolation – it requires us all to work together,” he said.

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