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Launching of Vaccination Week in the Americas: News Conference Set April 25 at National Press Club

WHAT:The Pan American Health Organization, PAHO, together with the governments of the United States, Mexico and Canada, will hold a press conference Monday, April 25 at 10 a.m. at the National Press Club to launch Vaccination Week in the Americas, a multi-country immunization campaign.

WHEN: Monday, April 25, Coffee at 9:30 a.m., News Conference starts at 10 a.m.

WHERE: Zenger Room of the National Press Club, 13th floor, National Press Building, 529 14th St., Washington, D.C.

WHO:

  • Dr. Mirta Roses, Director, Pan American Health Organization
  • Dr. Richard H. Carmona, U.S. Surgeon General
  • Dr. Paul Gully, Deputy Chief Public Health Officer, Public Health Agency, Canada
  • Dr. Roberto Tapia Conyer, Vice Secretary of Health, Secretary of Health, Mexico
  • Dr. Jon Andrus, Chief, Immunization Unit, Pan American Health Organization

WHY: This week-long campaign, "Vaccination: An Act of Love," is an Americas-wide effort to reach those left behind, especially indigenous people, residents of remote border areas, and all children who have not received their complete vaccine doses. By joining together and carrying out immunization activities at the same time, the countries of the Americas hope to reach 44 million unvaccinated people.

Vaccines have drastically reduced infant death and disability caused by preventable diseases in the United States and throughout the Americas. But without diligent efforts to maintain immunization programs here and strengthen them worldwide, vaccine-preventable diseases will remain a threat to children. This multi-country immunization campaign, in which nations of the Americas from Canada in the north to Chile in the south participate, is an effort to bring the benefits of vaccination to millions of children and adults. It is being held in conjunction with National Infant Immunization Week in the U.S., and on the 50th anniversary of the introduction of the polio vaccine as "Safe, effective, and potent." Since then, smallpox has been eradicated worldwide, polio was eradicated from the Americas, measles elimination is advancing, and the Americas are working on eradicating congenital rubella syndrome through vaccination.

For more information, please visit the Vaccination Week in the Americas web page.

For more information please contact , PAHO, Public Information, 202-974-3459.

Regional Office for the Americas of the World Health Organization
525 Twenty-third Street, N.W., Washington, D.C. 20037, United States of America
Tel.: +1 (202) 974-3000 Fax: +1 (202) 974-3663

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