Minister De Weever encourages public to attend Vaccination Open House

On Saturday, May 19, 2012 the Ministry of Public Health Social Development & Labor Section Youth Health Care along with other health care providers will be organizing a vaccination campaign from 9AM-4PM at the Festival Village.


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"All those that plan on travelling during the summer can have their vaccinations updated by getting the necessary vaccination requirements, I am looking forward to seeing you there, so please come out as it will also be a great family day," said Minister of Public Health Social Development & Labor, Cornelius De Weever.

The community is encouraged to come out and have their children vaccinated free of charge. There will be lots of other stakeholders/vendors on hand to provide you with various information. It will be a fun day with things for the entire family to do.

Anita Priest of Section Youth Health Care stated "It will be a fun filled day and emphasized on the theme, which is "For You! For Me! For everyone! Get vaccinated Get checked."

The aim of this event is to maintain and upgrade the islands vaccination program, and also for those between the ages of birth to 17 years old to catch-up with their vaccinations. The type of vaccinations that will be administered are as follows: Diphtheria; Tetanus; Poliomyelitis; Pertussis and Hemophylis Influenza B); Hepatitis B and MMR = Measles Mumps and Rubella (if children are 1 year of age). The older children will get Hepatitis B (if they need to catch up), MMR and DT-IPV (Diphtheria Tetanus and Polio).

Information will be given on vaccinations; updating of cards, and the section would like to see all the old cards get to their rightful owners. If for any reason you are missing your vaccination card, come by the booth to see if it is there. Persons are advised to walk with the child’s vaccination records no matter what country they are from, and they will check and advice or update accordingly. There will be lots of activities for the kids and some surprises, everything is free of charge for the children. In addition, handouts will also be given to parents.