Vaccination Week in the Americas

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Available documents:

  • This course includes interventions in Health Education, Drugs and Supplements, and others, for the preconception period, the pregnancy/puerperium, and for children's health, schoolchildren, adolescents, and people over 65.

  • This document show the goals and strategies of Vaccination Week in the Americas for the English-speaking Caribbean Countries.

  • Originally launched in 2003, Vaccination Week in the Americas (VWA) is an annual hemispheric event, endorsed by the Directing Council of the Pan American Health Organization. VWA was initially proposed in 2002 by the Ministers of Health in the Andean Region following a measles outbreak in Venezuela and Colombia. From 2003-2010, as a result of VWA ,more than 323 million people of a variety of ages have been vaccinated against such illnesses as measles, rubella, polio, hepatitis B, influenza, diphtheria, and tetanus.
  • In 2011, countries and territories used VWA to implement a wide range of vaccination activities, from national campaigns, to focused sub-national efforts, chosen based on the current national priorities of each health system. As of 7 October 2011, approximately 41.6 million individuals had been vaccinated under the framework of VWA.