Mass vaccination campaigns roll out in Haiti

More than 2.5 million children in Haiti are set to receive vaccines for common childhood infectious diseases in a nationwide immunization campaign that kicked off April 21.

The campaign is led by Haitian authorities and supported by U.N. agencies, the United States, Red Cross and other nongovernmental organizations. It aims to protect children from newborns to age nine against measles, polio and rubella. De-worming medicine and Vitamin A supplements will also be provided as protection against tetanus. The immunizations are free of charge.

A second vaccination campaign was also rolled out over the weekend. Project managers of a much-delayed cholera vaccination campaign said the Haitian government’s ethics committee has given the go signal for the program. Health workers have started distributing vaccines near the city of Saint Marc Sunday (April 22), the managers said, according toThe Associated Press.

The launch of both campaigns coincides with World Immunization Week, which started April 21. This is an initiative of the World Health Organization to highlight the importance of immunization as one of the most successful and cost-effective health interventions at present. 

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