GREAT BAY, Sint Maarten (DCOMM) – Collective Prevention Services (CPS) Section Youth Health Care, from the Ministry of Public Health, Social Development and Labour, will be having their annual Vaccination Open House on Saturday, June 7.
The Vaccination Open House will take place at the Baby Wellness Clinic at A.J.C. Brouwers Road #6 across from the Yogesh Building. It will be held from 10.00am to 4.00pm. Parents and guardians are requested to bring along their child’s vaccination record/book in order to update the child’s vaccination status.
Minister of Public Health Hon. Cornelius de Weever ‘Get Checked’ campaign is in line with the efforts of CPS and therefore Minister De Weever is appealing to guardians and parents to get their children checked on June 07 to see if they are up to date with their vaccinations.
The objectives of the open house are to stimulate parents to have their child(ren) vaccinated; to bring about awareness as it relates to vaccinations and to encourage parents and the community at large to take responsibility by ensuring updated vaccination records for the children in their care.
Other individuals who should get their vaccination status checked are, health care workers, pregnant women, pre-and exam class students, as well as groups at risks such as waste/garbage handlers, the Police, hotel and restaurant workers, and others to verify and update their vaccination status, particularly on Hepatitis B and Tetanus.
Immunization averts an estimated two-three million deaths every year, protecting children from diphtheria, measles, pertussis (better known as whooping cough), pneumonia, polio, rotavirus diarrhea, rubella, tetanus and others.