Immigrants to be immunized during Vaccination Week

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Health Minister Julius Timothy says his ministry will place special emphasis on residents and immigrants who have not been immunized against diseases like tetanus.

This as the Pan American Health Organization (PAHO) is observing the 8th Anniversary of Vaccination Week of the America’s this week.

Timothy says despite successes in immunization, there continues to be some communities where children have not completed their vaccination schedules.

These children, he said continues to be at risk of contracting vaccine preventable diseases.

“Immunization against Hepatitis B will continue as this year we focus on our 14 to 18 year olds. Dominica continues to report immunization coverage of the target population of 95%$ and over for all vaccines offered under the expanded programme on immunization. Our children have received protection from common diseases affecting many of their counterparts in other parts of the world,” he said.

According to Timothy, who was delivering an address to mark the observance of Vaccination Week, it is clear that the use of vaccines by the Ministry of Health is one of the major factors in disease prevention.

“Parents can testify to a greater quality of life for their young children and resources can now be redirected to other public health interventions to combat chronic diseases,” he said.

This week’s observance is being held under the theme “Reaching Everyone”.

– DNO Correspondent

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14 Comments

  1. Girl
    April 27, 2010

    Please, to those people blasting vaccines, open your eyes. Since when have you heard about a polio case in Dominica? People are always quick with their stupid conspiracy theory . Give me a break. All children should be protected against preventable disease.

    As for the saying that vaccines causes autism. This is simply not true. This was said by a British quack . The Medical Society pulled his license away.

    Some people are quick to put so called weight loss drugs and believe the outrageous claim that they will lose a lot of weight very fast. This is the dangerous drug they should be concerned about. But to immunize themselves and their kids , they talk like they attended medical school.

    Be wise and immunize. Don’t let some washed up hoollywood actress tell you vaccines are bad. They just trying to up their failed career. WE are smarter than that.

    • Gary
      April 28, 2010

      [email protected] Girl, to arrive at the truth one does not necessarily have to have “open eyes” as you stated, To arrive at the truth one needs more than an open eye, we all have open eyes and still yet we are unable to finding the truth. Finding the truth is brought about by reason, searching, examination inquiry, discipline and most of all looking in obscure places and not relying on the main stream Media to tell you the truth. and be so quick to accuse other people of stupid conspiracy theory.

      Your belief that Vaccines does not cause Autism, and referring to some Doctor that was terminated
      by the British Medical Society for saying it does, is not convincing evidence, and if this is what you use as your basis for acquiring your belief about Vaccines it is very sad. First off that Doctor was very brave and courageous to speak out, and why is he a “quack” as you would want to label him, because he went against the status- co, I assume he was a good Doctor but when he took a stand for something he believed suddenly he became a “quack. ” How would you like to tell the hundreds or even thousands of Parents in the US that Vaccines had nothing to do with their Children Sickness. Your comparison of Vaccines and Weight loos drugs is just not comparable and very silly.

      I do respect your opinion and what you believe and I’m not here to change your belief, but, what bothers me is your rational used as to why you believe Vaccines are needed for the protection of Children. The search for the truth is not hidden as most of us think it is, it is just that some of us are just lazy to go out and find it, it is more convenient for someone to do the thinking for us. Remember
      we should never let ignorance prevail when it comes to Health and Wellness it is to much of a price to pay.

    • anonymous2
      May 12, 2015

      Ignorance of the public and the pharmaceutical industry propaganda prevail.

  2. Out of South City
    April 27, 2010

    Gwatance,

    You can’t be so selfish. If vaccines are not healthy for one person then it should not be for the whole world. It is through ignorance that we become victims of the most dangerous poisons. Why would you wish the worse for other people? What’s good for the goose should also be good for the gander and vice versa.

  3. Out of South City
    April 27, 2010

    Tete Sot,

    There is a second edition of Curtis Cost’s book called ” Vaccines Are Dangerous A WarningTto The Global Community.” You can google his name and also go to the website vaccinesare
    dangerous.com

  4. Gary
    April 27, 2010

    The announcement by Hon Minister Julius Timothy( Health Minister) in regards to a “Vaccination programme” is something that should be of concern. There is growing evidence and information regarding the dangers of Vaccinations and it’s harmful effects. There is debate now among Health Professionals and Public Health officials regarding the use of Vaccinations and it’s dangers especially among Babies, Teenagers and even Adults. This is something that should be taken seriously, as it relates to peoples health and wealthiness and not just taken likely because someone in Authority tells you so, without doing your reach.

    I do not understand why we cannot have a “National Indigenous Health Policy” unique to us, rather that taking advise from PAHO. It is time we really learn to understand what these Organizations are, and who they serve, and what their interest are. Is it not time we have a “National Food Pyramid Guide” based on what we grow and produce, rather than emulate other peoples food Guide. What is the rush to get people immunized, when there are far more things that can be done to promote Health care, the Importance of breast feeding babies. Why don’t we have a National campaign doing this, make it a goal to have 95% of kids born every year be breast fed for the recommend time needed, instead of having 95% of infants being immunized.

    Health is very important, let us not gamble or let ignorance prevail with our health as a Nation,. Living Healthy needs Information and Education and not just relying on Governments and Institutions as to what they purpose, not even Doctors . It is our health and it is our responsibility not someone else as we are taught to believe.

    • Do say
      April 27, 2010

      Please be realistic. There is ‘debate’, meaning that there are ‘pros’ and ‘cons’, like in everything.
      Until there is hard evidence and general consensus on whether vaccines should be used or not, then we shouldn’t act ‘anyhow’ when dealing with people’ s health.

      If pandemics arise and vaccines were not given because of our “indigenous health program’, who is to blame?

      • Gary
        April 28, 2010

        To @ Do say, thanks for your comment, what are you talking about realistic, didn’t you read the comment where I said there is a” debate” among the “Health Professionals and Public Health officials, Didn’t I mentioned the amount of information and evidence available about the dangers of Vaccines, am I laying no, that is very realistic that is exactly what is happening

        I will ask you, why would we need a general consensus to prove something is right, a general consensus should never be the guide to finding the truth it never has and never will. Consensus means that everyone agrees to say collectively what no one believes individually. it is not a mater of how much debate we are to engage ourselves in, it is how we educate our selves so that we can make better choices when it come to health maters, because ignorance is to much of a high price to pay when it comes to health.

        To your question about Pandemics, first off they do not just “appear all of a sudden”, pandemics arise because of some a cause and to say that if people were Vaccinated that the pandemic would not have happen, is nonsense, there is no evidence to support that Vaccines protect us against Pandemics as to what we are told, Let us be honest and look at the facts not what the medical establishment has told us and put that assumption to rest. it is time we look for the truth.

        .

  5. Tete Sot
    April 27, 2010

    A thorough MEDICAL EXAMINATION should be one of the requirements to gaining residency in Dominica. Here i am refering to a tuberculin test , a chest x-ray , blood tests for AIDS, SYPHILLIS, GONORHEA AND CHLAMDIA. Tuberculosis is a major health concern as is aids etc and we should take them SERIOUSLY. OH, by the way we should appoint only a small group of doctors to administer and review the results of those tests.
    I am looking forward to reading your comments as these are very serious issues.

  6. Out of South City
    April 27, 2010

    Dominicans, be ware of vaccines! There is a book by Curtis Cost called “Vaccines are Dangerous” and everyone should read it. Who is providing for us to take the vaccine? I’m sure it is coming from out of Dominica. One should ask the health care persons that is administering the vaccine, what is the vaccine made of. If they can’t provide an answer then one should not accept the vaccine. There is a reason why Jehovah’s Witnesses are not vaccinated. They are aware of something that a lot of us are gullible to.

    According to the above author, “there is documented evidence that the WHO under the direction of the U.S.A. government actually injected smallpox vaccine laced with the AIDS virus into millions of unsuspecting African people.” page 2.

    • Tete Sot
      April 27, 2010

      South city could you direct me to a site or address where i could get me a cop of such a book? It would make very interesting reading. It would do a lot to open our peoples eyes.

  7. only
    April 26, 2010

    The only thing that everyone needs to understand is that the “vaccine theory” was based on very bad science to begin with and it was never proven. Yes, the body’s immune system reacts to foreign substances. But, that is as far as it goes.
    Add this to all the additives that are toxic that the drug companies are putting into the vaccines and you would be well advised to avoid all vaccines unless you want to invite impairment, illness or death into your situation.

    • gwatance
      April 27, 2010

      leave vaccines alone tone…………… let those haitians and spanish take them, at least we will discover who they realy are but they smart, see how many of them will go for it. they will not go because they know what msot of them carrying, TB, AIDs, and so on,but most specificallyi TB, plenty of them have it, as for those chiney……..

      • Tete Sot
        April 27, 2010

        Gwatance, stop your b….s…. the chinese are healthy people. It’s not because they are not over weight to think they are ill. On the other hand when people are sent by their government to any foreign country they are vaccinated against all or most prevalent diseases in the place. PLEASE DO SOME READING before you open mouth foolishly.
        y

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