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Vaccination Week in the Americas

WHAT: International Press Briefing on Vaccination Week in the Americas

WHEN: April 27 at 11:30 a.m.

WHERE: Black Canyon Conference Center. 9440 N. 25th Avenue, Phoenix, AZ 85021, Tel: 602.944.0569, as part of 13th Annual Arizona Immunization Conference

WHO:

  • Dr. Joxel Garcia, Deputy Director, Pan American Health Organization
  • Dr. Anne Schuchat, Director, National Immunization Program, Centers for Disease Control & Prevention
  • Representative from Arizona Department of Health Services
  • Representative from Mexican Ministry of Health
  • Dr. Frank Plummer, Chief Scientific Advisor, Public Health Agency of Canada
  • Dr. Osvaldo Legon, Regional Immunization Officer, UNICEF

WHY: National Infant Immunization Week is part of a hemisphere-wide effort called Vaccination Week in the Americas, which last year succeeded in vaccinating more than 38 million children and adults in 35 countries in the Americas. This briefing will update the international efforts being made to bring the benefits of vaccination to people throughout the hemisphere. PAHO officials will detail the regional vaccination week efforts. Mexico and Canada officials will each talk about the efforts in their countries. Unicef will discuss its role in immunization. Arizona and CDC officials will talk about National Infant Immunization Week and its important role in the international effort, a grand partnership which is advancing the goals of immunization for poor and underserved populations everywhere in the Americas. Nearly 1 million children in the United States are not adequately immunized. Each day, 11,000 children are born in the US, and they all need protection from thirteen vaccine preventable diseases before the age of two. Immunizations are safe and protect our children, families, and community, making them one of our most cost-effective public health strategies.

CONTACTS:
, PAHO, Public Information, (202) 974-3459, cell (301) 219-2105
Mary Ehlert, Arizona Dept of Health Services, tel. (602) 364-1201
Curtis Allen, CDC, tel. (404) 704-4427