Haiti's Ministry of Public Health launches nationwide vaccination campaign for children

Posted by hougansydney.com on Friday, March 9, 2018 Under: Health

Haiti’s Ministry of Public Health and Population, today launched a nationwide immunization campaign for children, against diphtheria, tetanus, and whooping cough. 

More than 6.000 health agents will be deployed in 44 communes in all nine departments of Haiti from March 11 to the 15, with the goal of vaccinating about 1 million children between the ages of one and 6 years old. This massive vaccination campaign comes after a few cases of pediatric deaths, due to complications from diphtheria were reported.

The Ministry of Public health urges parents to take their children under the age of 14 to be vaccinated in schools, health centers and churches. All children, even under the age of one are required to be vaccinated.

The communes selected for this campaign are considered 'high risk' by the MSPP, after having notified at least one confirmed case of death by diphtheria in 2016, 2017 and 2018. 

According to a report by the World Bank, only 68 percent of children under two in Haiti received three doses of immunization against diphtheria, tetanus and whooping cough. 

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