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Vaccination Week in the Americas 2010

Vaccination Week in the Americas (VWA) is an unparalleled effort led by the countries and territories of the Region to strengthen the Expanded Program on Immunization by reaching populations with otherwise limited access to regular health services and at heightened risk of contracting vaccine-preventable diseases. Since its inception in 2003, more than 288 million individuals across the age spectrum have been vaccinated as a result of the initiative. Multiple social communication campaigns have also been conducted under the framework of VWA, promoting vaccination to the public as an important preventative health measure. For more information on the history and background of VWA, see About VWA.

The eighth annual VWA took place between 24 April and 1 May under the theme of “reaching everyone”.  VWA launching events occurred throughout the Region, including in Nicaragua, on the border between Suriname and French Guiana, and in the Dominican Republic and Haiti. Resources for the national VWA planning process can be found at Country Planning Materials, while promotional materials, such as VWA videos and posters, can be found under Media Gallery and Graphic Materials. Additional Technical Information about the initiative is also available.  In 2010, VWA coincided with the 5th European Immunization Week (EIW), the first ever Vaccination Week in the Eastern Mediterranean (VWEM), the National Infant Immunization Week (NIIW) in the United States, and the National Immunization Awareness Week in Canada (NIAW). Links to all VWA sister campaigns can be found at External Links

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For the most current news about Vaccination Week see the articles below.

Last Updated on Thursday, 30 September 2010 05:35

Venezuela: Plan Nacional de Inmunización en escuelas es parte de la Semana de Vacunación en las Américas

El Plan Nacional de Inmunización consiste en ampliar la cobertura de vacunación y crear conciencia acerca de su importancia en toda la población venezolana. Al plan nacional se le suma la octava edición de la Semana de Vacunación en las Américas de la OPS, con la intención de promover actividades transfronterizas para prevenir enfermedades y salvar vidas.

Last Updated on Monday, 03 May 2010 02:38
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Dr. Mirta Roses Visits Suriname for VWA Launch

PAHO Director Dr. Mirta Roses in SurinameAfter the launching of the Vaccination Activities in St Laurent and Albina, PAHO Director Dr. Mirta Roses visited the Ministry of Health, accompanied by Dr. Gerry Eijkemans, PAHO/WHO representative in Suriname. Dr. Roses met with Dr. Leslie Resida, Director of the Bureau of Public Health, and gave a press conference presenting Vaccination Week in the Americas and addressing the World Day for Safety and Health at Work.

Last Updated on Friday, 30 April 2010 10:27
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Launching of Vaccination Week in Suriname

Paramaribo, Suriname – On the occasion of the Vaccination Week, PAHO Director, Dr. Mirta Roses will travel to Albina for the launch of the Vaccination Week activities in Suriname. She will be accompanied by PAHO Suriname representative, Dr. Gerry Eijkemans. A full week of activities is planned, vaccination activities involving the family as a whole and special high risk occupational group. The Medical Mission and the Regional Health Services have also planned local vaccination and health education activities for risk groups, in their respective areas.

Last Updated on Friday, 30 April 2010 10:24
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Vaccination Week in the Americas 2010 Under Way in Panama

With the slogan "Universalization of the Pneumococcal Vaccine," the Ministry of Health of Panama and the Pan American Health Organization (PAHO / WHO) officialy launched on April 23, 2010 the 2010 Vaccination Week in the Americas, an initiative that reaches across the continent until May. (in Spanish)

Last Updated on Friday, 30 April 2010 10:26
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PAHO's Director Launches Vaccination Week in the Americas in Nicaragua

Masaya, Nicaragua (PAHO/WHO) - The Director of the Pan American Health Organization (PAHO), Dr. Mirta Roses, launched in the Nicaraguan city of Masaya the Eighth Vaccination Week in the Americas. Nicaragua this year is vaccinating against thirteen different diseases. Vaccination Week was launched in 2003 and now has the support and participation of all countries in the hemisphere.(in Spanish)

Last Updated on Friday, 30 April 2010 10:23
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Llegar a todos con más Victorias” Reconocimiento de la OPS es mayor compromiso para Nicaragua

Masaya, Nicaragua 24 de abril 2010 (OPS/OMS) — El Presidente de la República Daniel Ortega enfatizó el compromiso de Nicaragua con la Organización Panamericana de la Salud y con el pueblo de Nicaragua por llegar a todos durante esta jornada de vacunación para lo cual hizo un llamado a los trabajadores de la salud a movilizarse y llegar hacia los cuatro puntos cardinales del país para llevar la vacuna a adultos y niños.

Last Updated on Friday, 30 April 2010 10:22
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