Vaccination outreach starts in St. Peters tomorrow evening

POSTED: 04/26/11 11:51 AM

St. Maarten (DCOMM) – Everything is in place for Youth Health Care, a section of the Ministry of Public Health, Social Development and Labor, for its vaccination outreach for the residents of St. Peters tomorrow.  Parents and guardians are encouraged to use this opportunity to get their child’s vaccination status checked.

The outreach will be held at the St. Peters Community Center from six to eight o’clock in the evening.  Staff will be present to give vaccinations and to check children’s status. Children who are not up to date will be vaccinated.

The outreach event is part of the annual Vaccination Week of the Americas that kicked off on Saturday and lasts until April 30 under the theme, “Vaccinate your family, protect your community.”

Youth Health Care has changed its vaccination schedule and all children between four and nine-years of age will now get their second measles, mumps and rubella vaccine at the age of four.

Children will receive their DTPolio vaccination when they are nine.

Other changes in the vaccination schedule apply to children between 2 and 12 months.

Youth Health Care reminds parents in a press release issued yesterday to make sure that their children between the ages of 0-17 are up to date with their vaccinations. “They are necessary to reduce the risk of vaccine-preventable diseases,” the press release stated.

Youth Health Care urges parents to bring their child’s vaccination booklet.  “If you are not sure of your child’s status, contact your general practitioner, pediatrician, or Youth Health Care for children up to four years of age.”

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