With a little more than two weeks to go before the start of the new academic year, Chief Medical Officer in the Ministry of Health, Sheila Campbell Forrester, is reminding parents to ensure that their children are fully immunised.
Speaking on Wednesday (August 18) at the official launch of the Child Health and Development Passport (CHDP), Dr. Forrester said parents must bear in mind the fact that their children cannot be allowed into school if they have not received the appropriate vaccines.
“We are in the midst of the back to school period, so I implore you if you have not yet done so, to go to your health centre or health care provider and get your child the vaccines that he or she needs,” she remarked.
Chairman of the Early Childhood Commission (ECC), Dr. Maureen Samms Vaughan (right) outlining the contents of the new Child Health and Development Passport (CHDP) to Minister of Health, the Hon Rudyard Spencer, during the launch of the CHDP at the St. Catherine Health Department on Wednesday (August 18).
She said that Jamaica has been able to maintain relatively high vaccination coverage for many years since 1985, despite experiencing some slippage over the past ten years, with coverage averaging 83 per cent up to 2008.
“The Measles-Mumps-Rubella (MMR) has languished in the high 70s. I am however pleased to inform that we have made significant improvement, as last year we achieved just over 90 per cent coverage in MMR and BCG (Bacillus Calmette-Gu