Vaccines

PAHO explores past, present and future of vaccination in the Caribbean

WASHINGTON, United States (CMC) — The Pan American Health Organisation (PAHO) says it is addressing the exploration vaccination in the Americas, including the Caribbean.

In a special edition of its scientific journal, PAHO said it has been among “world leaders in controlling diseases through vaccination over the past century.”

Questions about the past, present and future of immunisation in the Americas are addressed in the special issue of the Pan American Journal of Public Health.

PAHO said the region of the Americas was the first in the world to eliminate polio, rubella, congenital rubella syndrome and measles, all disease that can be prevented with vaccination, the most cost-effective tool in public health.

Since Briton Edward Jenner first discovered vaccination in 1796, vaccines have saved tens of millions of lives, PAHO said.

The special issue begins with an article about Brazilian epidemiologist Ciro de Quadros, who was a central figure in the elimination of polio from Latin America and the Caribbean.

In the late 1970s, De Quadros founded PAHO’s Expanded Program on Immunisation (PAI), “which since then has…