Immunisation saves millions of lives and is widely recognised as one of the world’s most successful and cost-effective health interventions.
However, there are more than 19 million unvaccinated or under-vaccinated children in the world, putting them at serious risk of potentially fatal diseases. Of these children, 1 out of 10 never receive any vaccinations, and most likely have never been seen by the health system.
Celebrating World Immunisation Week
World Immunisation Week – celebrated in the last week of April – aims to highlight the collective action needed to ensure that every person is protected from vaccine-preventable diseases. This year’s theme, “Protected Together #VaccinesWork”, encourages people at every level – from donors to the general public – to go further in their efforts to increase immunisation coverage for the greater good.
At the individual level, the most important thing you can do is to get yourself and your family vaccinated.
Why immunisation matters now more than ever
Routine immunisation is a building block of strong primary health care and universal health coverage – it provides a point of contact for health care at the beginning of life and offers every child the chance at a healthy life from the start.
Immunisation is also a fundamental strategy in achieving other health priorities, from controlling viral hepatitis, to curbing antimicrobial resistance, to providing a platform for adolescent health and improving antenatal and newborn care.
Are you and your loved ones vaccinated?
At PVH Medical we can look after your entire family’s vaccination needs, from birth right through to old age.
Simply make a booking with one of our doctors online, on Facebook, on the Appointuit app or by calling 9304 0500.
Source: World Health Organization