Department of Health launches campaign to vaccinate children

Photo: Facebook WHO Regional Office for Europe
Photo: Facebook WHO Regional Office for Europe

On the occasion of the European Immunisation Week, which runs from April 23 to and 29 is promoted by the World Health Organisation, the Department of Social Affairs and Health has launched a public health campaign on immunisation awareness in the Principality.

Since January 1, 2018, vaccination against 11 infectious diseases is mandatory in France. For a vaccination to be an effective protection against infectious diseases, WHO estimates that the vaccination coverage of the population should reach 95 percent. Thus, an effective vaccination policy must reach as many people as possible to protect the community and avoid any risk of epidemics.

It is for these reasons that this Monday, April 9, Minister of Health and Social Affairs Didier Gamerdinger launched a campaign dedicated to the vaccination of children. Named “I protect my child, I vaccinate him,” the visual identity and the explanatory brochure summarise general vaccination recommendations and the reasons for being up-to-date with vaccinations, which means being protected for life.

“The goal is to increase the number of vaccinated children, to protect them by preventing diseases from circulating. It is a public health approach”, Minister Gamerdinger said.

The vaccines are 80-percent covered by health insurance; except the measles, mumps and rubella (MMR) vaccine that is 100 percent reimbursed if it is expressly indicated on the prescription and provided that the child is under 17 years of age.

The vaccination policy has been launched by the Department of Health in direct link with the partners of the Directorate of Health Action, the Monegasque Screening Centre, the Department of Health and Epidemiology and the paediatric department of the CHPG, which set out the necessary recommendations.

For information, contact your GP or paediatrician, CHPG’s Paediatric Department (+377 97 98 95 47) or hygiene and vaccination service (04 92 41 67 95).


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