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A new PAHO coffee table book entitled, Vaccination: An Act of Love — 10 years of Vaccination Week in the Americas, was launched on 18 September 2012 during the 28th Pan American Sanitary Conference.

 
Through multiple chapters and hundreds of colorful photographs, this book documents the evolution of Vaccination Week in the Americas (VWA) over the last decade, as well as the organization and planning of the initiative, VWA-related results, and the expansion of similar initiatives to other WHO regions, which resulted in the first celebration of World Immunization Week this year. 
 
PAHO Director Emeritus, Sir George A.O. Alleyne presented the book to the Member States in attendance, commenting that VWA has been instrumental in putting immunization on the political agenda by involving presidents, first ladies, other authorities, and celebrities from throughout the Americas in its activities. He called on ministers of health “to ensure that the tree that was planted in 2003 keeps growing” every year. “Let us never allow the world to forget this celebration, which is an act of love. Vaccination is an act of love,” he added. 
 
Dr Alleyne’s comments were followed by those of the Minister of Health of Barbados, the Honorable Donville Inniss. Mr Inniss noted that Vaccination Week in the Americas had helped consolidate the Region’s many immunization achievements, but he added that, “we cannot rest on our laurels. Every child, every adult must be vaccinated as part of their basic human rights. The battle must go on.” At the conclusion of his speech, Mr Inniss was presented with the book by Dr Alleyne, PAHO Director, Dr Mirta Roses Periago, and immunizations pioneer, Dr Ciro de Quadros, which Mr Inniss accepted on behalf of all Member States in the Region. WHO Director-General Dr Margaret Chan also participated in the event.
 
Published in Global Immunization Newsletter, September 2012.
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