Saint Lucians urged to avoid listening to negatives about vaccination (+video)

By Ministry of Health

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Amanda Hurlston holds her daughter Jahzario Bodden, 3, as she gets a vaccination from nurse Anniekay Price at the Cayman Islands Hospital in April 2017.

(PRESS RELEASE) — Vaccination Week activities culminated with a health fair on the Dennery Police Station grounds, promoting the importance of vaccination and health living.

Vaccination Week was celebrated under the theme “Protect your community, everyone do your part”.

Principal Nursing Officer, Alicia Baptiste, said the activity allows for raising awareness about the importance of getting vaccinated to prevent infectious diseases.

“What we are doing today is to focus on the preschoolers, and as you see, we have some preschoolers and we are looking at their vaccination schedule, making sure that they are up to date, that they are covered, and also to educate the parents and teachers on the importance of vaccination. Well, you want your children vaccinated to prevent them from acquiring diseases that would of course cause them to either get sick or the worse scenario to die.”

Baptiste also called on parents to play an important role in supporting vaccination.

“Saint Lucians need to avoid listening to all the negatives about vaccination and understand that vaccination is important and that we need to vaccinate ourselves and also our children to again have a healthy nation.”

The concluded vaccination activity included blood pressure and blood sugar testing, nutrition education, counselling and oral health education.

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3 comments

  1. Mean while in Japan the MMR vaccine has been banned for years due to deaths. Try again suckers.

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    • And they are suffering a measles outbreak. Weird, eh? Seems as if unvaccinated people contract diseases. Who knew? Dolt. https://www.japantimes.co.jp/opinion/2018/06/26/commentary/japan-commentary/japans-backward-vaccination-policy/#.XM6-P4opChA

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    • I would really like to know who are the individuals urging St Lucian not to listen to the negativity surrounding these vaccination. Evidenced based evidence is always the best evidence and death would be a major cause of concern for anybody. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) states that serious allergic reactions to the vaccine occur in about one in a million doses. However, other severe side effects include deafness, long-term seizures, coma, lowered consciousness, permanent brain damage, and death. We should be promoting a more holistic approach.

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