Associated Press (04.17.12) - Tuesday, April 17, 2012
An ambitious campaign to vaccinate 90 percent of Haitian
youths against infectious diseases including hepatitis B,
measles, and polio will start this week, health officials
announced Monday during a visit to the Eliazar Germain
hospital in Port-au-Prince.
"We know the population in Haiti remains at risk for cases
imported from other parts of the world because of low vaccine
coverage rates here for both polio and measles rubella among
infants," said US Health and Human Services Secretary Kathleen
Sebelius. "That's why an important part of the reconstruction
efforts after the January 2010 earthquake response was
rebuilding the childhood immunization infrastructure."
Vaccination for measles and polio begins Saturday, said Health
Minister Dr. Florence Duperval Guillaume. Starting in June,
the pentavalent vaccine against diphtheria, tetanus, whooping
cough, hepatitis B, and Haemophilus influenza type b will be
made widely available. All the vaccines will be free, she
The GAVI Alliance of international health organizations, CDC,
and the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation are supporting the
pediatric campaign, which is part of larger effort announced
this month to vaccinate Haitians.