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Vaccination Week in the Americas 2009

Health care workers were a priority for this year’s Vaccination Week in the Americas. As a fundamental part of health systems, health care workers need healthy and safe working conditions and environments to help ensure that patients receive appropriate and timely care. The occupational transmission of infectious diseases among health care workers, such as hepatitis B and influenza, account for significant illness among health care workers and are preventable by vaccination.

For this first year of the Region-wide campaign targeting health care workers, up to 16 countries aimed to vaccinate health care and other workers against diseases such as hepatitis B, measles, rubella, diphtheria, tetanus, and influenza.

Results of the 2009 Inmunization Week:

  • In Bolivia, nearly 2400 health care workers were vaccinated against measles and rubella, and almost 3300 were vaccinated against hepatitis B.
  • Health care workers in Uruguay received free influenza vaccines, highlighting the need to vaccinate health care workers against this disease to prevent further infections.
  • Suriname’s yellow fever vaccination campaign was expanded to include 2475 health care workers, as well as over 3300 personnel in air and maritime transportation, immigration officers, police and military forces, and gold miners.
  • Hepatitis B vaccines were delivered to sanitation workers in Guyana.
  • Other countries such as Dominica took initiative to complement their vaccination week campaigns by training health care workers on infection control and healthy and safe vaccination practices, thus illustrating the comprehensive approach to safeguarding health care workers against vaccine-preventable diseases.

Vaccination Week coincided with World Day for Safety and Health at Work, an annual and global campaign to promote healthy and safe work for all. This year’s theme was “Protecting the health and safety of health care workers”.

 

Inmunization for PAHO workers

"Traveler's health and immunization for PAHO workers"


 

Collaborators

PAHO campaign: Vaccination Week in the Americas



Last Updated on Tuesday, 15 June 2010 11:28

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