World Immunization Week is a week that aims to promote the use of vaccines to protect people from all diseases. This celebration is held every last week in April, from April 24-30. The theme of the World Immunization Week in 2020 is “#VaccinesWork for All” with the meaning that the function of vaccines is to prevent all kinds of diseases.
The main objective of the World Immunization Week commemoration campaign is to expand community involvement in vaccine usage and promote the importance of vaccines to improve health and well-being for all citizens of the world. In addition, this year is an appreciation for nurses and midwives around the world because they have played an important role in campaigning for immunization at the front line for parents and new parents.
In 2018, it was estimated that 116 million children were vaccinated to protect themselves from infectious diseases that can cause illness and death. Although the number of vaccine users has increased, there are still many children in other vulnerable groups who have not received the vaccine. Such as children in a poor family and children who grow up with family in a conflict country. Therefore, countries are obliged to ensure that every child gets the vaccine and acquire the benefits.
Important Facts About Vaccines
- The vaccine protects our body from deadly diseases. Vaccines work with the body’s natural defenses to prevent us from getting sick. This is a safe and smart choice to protect our body from disease.
- Vaccines can help minimize the spreads of disease. However, not everybody can use vaccines, such as babies who are too early to get vaccines, or elderly who have a vulnerable condition. When our bodies can fight diseases due to vaccines, this can prevent us from getting sick and transmitting them to more vulnerable people.
- Vaccine composition is safe and effective. The vaccine that is injected into our body is a natural ingredient that can be found in the body, the environment, and the food we eat.
- Vaccines are preventive actions. Don’t wait until the outbreak hits, because we don’t necessarily have enough time to get all kinds of vaccines for disease prevention. In addition, the effects of the vaccine would have not been felt if only done when the disease had invaded our bodies.
Let’s support World Immunization Week by keep sharing the information about the vaccine’s benefits to everyone so that it can protect us from various diseases.
Writer : Ardina Ulya
Editor : Iffa Permatasari, Irza Husmelinda, Iqmi Qaisah Ali, Mazidatun Maftukhah
Translator : Mazidatun Maftukhah