World Immunization Week – Vaccines Bring Us Closer
World Immunization Week – celebrated and sponsored by the
World Health Organization every year in the last week of April – aims to
promote the use of vaccines to protect people of all ages against disease.
Immunizations save millions of lives every year and are widely recognized as
one of the world’s most successful health interventions. Yet, there are still
nearly 20 million children in the world today who are not getting the vaccines
they need, and many miss out on vital vaccines during adolescence, adulthood
and into old age. This year’s theme, "Vaccines Bring Us Closer”, highlights how
all vaccines or immunizations allow people to be together by preventing
contagious illness throughout all stages of life.
For over 200 years, vaccines have protected us against
diseases that threaten lives and prohibit our development. With their help we
can progress without the burden of diseases like smallpox and polio, which cost
humanity hundreds of millions of lives. Vaccines continue to advance, bringing
us closer to a world free from the likes of Hepatitis A and B, cervical cancer,
and ending suffering from childhood disease like measles. When higher numbers
of the population are vaccinated, everyone benefits through what is called herd
immunity. This term refers to when large
numbers of the population are vaccinated, the disease incident rate drops
significantly, benefiting those who cannot be vaccinated due to age or other
During the continuing global pandemic of COVID-19, vaccines
are an important tool in helping society get to a new normal by decreasing the
incidence of infection, serious illness, and death. Also, this year’s theme spotlights the need
for humans to be connected and not isolated. The Clark County Health Department
encourages everyone that can be vaccinated, get vaccinated against COVID-19.
While the world focuses on these vaccine efforts, there remains a need to
ensure routine vaccinations are not missed. Many children have not been
vaccinated during the global pandemic, leaving them at risk of serious diseases
like measles and polio. Rapidly circulating misinformation around the topic of
vaccination adds to this threat.
Clark County Health
Department provides vaccines for un-insured or under-insured children and
children with Medicaid up through age 19. Please contact us with any questions
you may have about specific immunizations or immunizations in general. We are also continuing to provide COVD-19
vaccine to adults 18 years and older as our inventory allows. Call us at 859-744-4482. Join us as we
celebrate life-saving immunization programs and look forward to a world without
any of these preventable diseases.
Information taken from: https://www.who.int/news-room/events/detail/2021/04/24/default-calendar/world-immunization-week-2021