World Immunization Week starts on Friday April 24th and goes until April 30th this year. This week focuses on the importance of vaccinations and improving access to those vaccines globally. The 2020 theme is defined as, “#VaccinesWork for All and the campaign will focus on how vaccines – and the people who develop, deliver and receive them – are heroes by working to protect the health of everyone, everywhere,” (WHO.INT). As this week highlights the importance of preventative treatments through vaccines, we should be aware and proactive about vaccine knowledge and participation.
The World Health Organization has set specific goals for their campaign this year. They are aiming to:
- Demonstrate the value of vaccines for the health of children, communities and the world.
- Show how routine immunization is the foundation for strong, resilient health systems and universal health coverage.
- Highlight the need to build on immunization progress while addressing gaps, including through increased investment in vaccines and immunization.
Flu season has been particularly tough battle to encourage individuals to get their flu shot. Even though someone has a strong immune system and thinks they do not need the shot, they could easily pass on the virus to someone else who cannot get the flu vaccine. Some examples are the elderly, infants, or someone who has a comprised immune system who cannot be vaccinated, therefore leaving them susceptible to the potentially deadly flu virus.
Among many other preventable diseases, we can take action and stop the spread of infection in our schools, communities, and workplaces. If we all do our part and get the necessary vaccinations, we are helping our communities stay healthier and protected. So let’s be aware and participate in our health, because it does matter!