World Immunity Week 2021 – Vaccines bring us closer

As the world focuses on new vaccines crucially important to protect against COVID-19 and to end the epidemic, there is a need to ensure that routine vaccination is not forgotten. “Vaccination saves people’s lives! Their effectiveness has been demonstrated. And it is important to maintain high vaccination coverage to prevent the resurgence and spread of infectious diseases,” recalls Pullet Lennert, Minister of Health.

Thus, most vaccinations given to infants and young children are necessary and provide early and permanent protection. Early protection is necessary to reduce the risk of acquiring a preventable infection as soon as possible, and is especially important for whooping cough, which can be fatal in infants, and for some invasive bacterial diseases, such as Meningitis. Many vaccinations given to infants and young children, such as hepatitis B or measles vaccination, also provide lifelong protection.

Along with the vaccination of infants, the Ministry of Health is also making a strong appeal to adults to update their vaccinations. Some vaccinations require subsequent boosters, both in children (aged 5–6), as well as adolescents and adults (every 10 years). This is in case of vaccination against polio, diphtheria, tetanus and whooping cough.

Measles, mumps and rubella are serious diseases, very contagious and can cause serious complications in both children and adults. Those experiencing post-measles resurgence, all adults born after 1980, who have not received 2 doses of the combined measles-Mampa-rubella (MMR) vaccine, are advised to apply vaccination boosters.

“Vaccines bring us closer!”

“Vaccines bring us together” is the theme of World Immunization Week, which takes place in the last week of April each year.

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According to the WHO, millions of lives are saved each year through vaccination. In recent decades, vaccines have been successful in eradicating fatal diseases. The COVID-19 epidemic has turned our lives upside down and changed our habits. It prevents us from embracing our loved ones, spending time with our friends, and with those we love.

“The current epidemic has demonstrated the importance of vaccination. Now, thanks to the joint efforts of the global medical community, we are fortunate to have access to vaccines against SARS-CoV-2. Vaccines are not a miracle solution, they will help us. The minister said that the epidemic and its effects have an impact on our health and gradually regain a way of life. “Vaccines bring us together and will bring us closer!”

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