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Immunization key for preventing diseases, says Macharia

28 April 2015, 16:18

Nairobi - Health Cabinet Secretary, James Macharia has said immunization process is key for prevention of diseases in the country and urged Kenyans to take children for the services, which are free in all health facilities.

"I appeal to all leaders to mobilize their communities in utilizing available immunization services that the government continues to offer free of charge," he said, adding that immunization is a shared responsibility.

The CS added that World Immunization week is putting emphasis on achieving 90 percent pentavalent 3 coverage and elimination of maternal and neonatal tetanus and was glad that Kenya has achieved one of the two, pentavalent 3 whose coverage is now at 90 percent.

He said that the other antigens coverage remains fairly high at over 80 percent.

World Health Organisation (WHO) representative said all vaccines are tested before administration, and urged the government to address the resistance problem that arises during immunizations and ensure that all children in the country get the vaccination.

Immunization goodwill Ambassador, Sen. Harold Kipchumba said the success of immunization is the attainment of high rate of community immunity saying if many people are immunized, the opportunity of the outbreak is minimized.

"Immunization is the key between life and death. It is the best way to keep off and protect our children from dying of preventable infectious diseases," he said.

The legislator, who is a survivor of polio, added that vaccines success depends on information available to parents, guardians, leaders, community and media and urged them to get accurate information before sharing it with the public.

They were speaking at Nairobi during the National Stakeholders launch on the World Immunization Week Monday.

The launch aims at promoting use of vaccines to protect people of all ages against vaccine preventable diseases.

It will also focus on national efforts to accelerate actions to increase public awareness and creating demand for immunization services by communities.

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