Countries Debate Strengthening Immunization Programs

InmunizacionesThe Executive Committee supports the effectiveness of immunization programs and supports efforts to strengthen PAHO; it also emphasizes the monitoring of procedures to alleviate public concern over some vaccines. It mentions the interest of some countries in considering immunizations as a public good, while acknowledging that some already have designated them as such achieving the eradication of polio, rubella, congenital rubella, among others.

Jamaica participates, reporting his country has a 32 year history of vaccination and prevention, and while recognizing that there are still pockets of low coverage putting children at risk, they have managed to eradicate diseases like polio.

While Uruguay mentions that his country started their immunization programs with 8 shots to get to 13, these days they are free and compulsory in government and private institutions.

The Deputy Minister of Chile highlighted the new challenges created by the emerging relevance of vaccine resistant groups, because despite theirs being a country with a long tradition of vaccination, this year has been a difficult one, including opposition from health professionals.

The Minister of Paraguay reports that her country celebrates 25 years without polio and twelve without measles, mentions rotavirus vaccines for children under one year of age.

Supports the strengthening of vaccination programs so they can be declared of public good in all countries and comments that this should be a topic at international meetings.

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