UNcoordinated Vaccination Week to be launched in Haiti tomorrow

The first “Vaccination Week in the Americas,” targeting 40 million people from the highest point in Alaska to the lowest point in Argentina, will be launched tomorrow in a remote town on the border between Haiti and the Dominican Republic, the United Nations Children’s Fund (UNICEF) said Friday.On the Caribbean island of Hispaniola, which Haiti and the Dominican Republic share, the area around the Haitian border town of Ganthier is home to some of the poorest, most isolated children in the Americas.According to UNICEF, four children carrying the flags of Haiti, the Dominican Republic, the UN World Health Organization (WHO) and UNICEF will lead a parade of other children bearing the flags of 33 other countries in the Americas.Dr. Mirta Roses, director of the Pan American Health Organization (PAHO), now the regional arm of WHO, the Ministers of Health of Haiti and the Dominican Republic and other dignitaries will launch the week at Ganthier’s orphanage by each immunizing two children.Most of the countries will vaccinate people against measles, polio, rubella, also known as German measles, and congenital rubella syndrome, while other countries will also tackle influenza. Women of childbearing age may also receive Vitamin A supplements and vaccinations against neonatal tetanus.

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