Saint Lucia’s Principal Nursing Officer has called on citizens to avoid paying attention to negative talk about vaccinations, as the Ministry of Health ended Vaccination Week.
Alicia Baptiste also called on parents to play an important role in supporting vaccination.
“Saint Lucians need to avoid listening to all the negatives about vaccination and understand that vaccination is important and that we need to vaccinate ourselves and also our children to again have a healthy nation,” Baptiste asserted.
“You want your children vaccinated to prevent them from acquiring diseases that would of course cause them to either get sick or the worse scenario – to die,” she stated.
Vaccination week activities culminated with a health fair on the Dennery Police Station grounds, promoting the importance of vaccination and health living.
The week was celebrated under the theme, “Protect your community, everyone do your part.”
Just this week the cruise ship ‘Freewinds’ requested and was supplied with 100 doses of anti-measles vaccines by local health officials, after being quarantined here due to a confirmed case of measles on board.
No one was allowed to disembark.
The vessel, which has since left Saint Lucia, arrived in Port Castries on Tuesday.
Three-hundred people are thought to have been on-board the affected cruise ship.
Saint Lucia’s Chief Medical Officer, Doctor Merlene Fredericks-James has urged people to get vaccinated and ensure that their children obtain the necessary measles vaccines as well.
This year, the U.S. has reported its highest number of measles cases in 25 years.