Updated: Apr 10
September is Pharmacy Month and the theme for 2017 is “Don’t wait – vaccinate”, with the aim being to raise awareness of the importance of vaccines to prevent what are essentially avoidable illnesses.
The development of vaccines, which since the 19th century has helped fight numerous deadly diseases such as whooping cough, measles, polio, tetanus, yellow fever, typhus and hepatitis B, among many others, revolutionised healthcare. By 1980, smallpox was declared extinct due to persistent and consistent vaccination programmes.Jackie Maimin, CEO of the ICPA.
Vaccinations during infancy and early childhood lay the foundation for a healthy immune system by creating resistance to debilitating, and at times life threatening illnesses.
Vaccine guidelines as published by the National Department of Health:
* Rotavirus Vaccine should NOT be administered after 24 weeks.
Source: Catherine Pate on behalf of ICPA. Image: iStock