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Published on Apr 29, 2011
2011 U.S. National Infant Immunization Week and Vaccination Week of the Americas (NIIW/VWA) events along the United States-Mexico Border region (April 23rd-30th, 2011)
The U.S. Centers for Disease Control (CDC), the U.S.-Mexico Border Health Commission (USMBHC) and the Pan American Health Organization / World Health Organization (PAHO/WHO) U.S.-Mexico Border Office joined the ten border states in a community vaccine drive reaching millions of people with over 60 events held simultaneously during the week of April 23rd to 30th, 2011 throughout the U.S.-Mexico border. Activities range from public and recognition events, workshops, conferences to health fairs to increase awareness of immunizing children 24 months and younger to protect them from vaccine-preventable diseases and as a call to parents, caregivers, community leaders, and health care providers to participate in accomplishing this goal and to bring additional focus during National Infant Immunization Week (NIIW)/Vaccination Week of the Americas (VWA) to the United States-Mexico border region.
The inaugural event was held on Tuesday April 26th, 2011 at the El Rio Community Health Center in Tucson, Arizona with the participation of Dr. Melinda Wharton (CDC National Center for Immunization Deputy Director), Dr. Jon Andrus (PAHO/WHO Deputy Director), Dr. Maria Gudelia Rangel Gómez (Comprehensive Strategy for Migrant Health, Coordinator- representing Mexico Health Secretaty Cordova), Dr. José Jesús Bernardo Campillo Garcia (Secretary of Public Health State of Sonora, México), Dr. Will Humble (Arizona Department of Health Services Director), Dan Reyna (USMBHC US Section General Maanger), Dr. Maria Teresa Zorrilla (USMBHC MX Section Executive Secretary), Dr Maria Teresa Cerqueira (PAHO/WHO U.S.-Mexico Border Office Chief), among others federal, county and city political and health officials. All of who expressed the importance of multisectorial and binational collaboration in campaigns like this to reach the community with a stronger message. For more information please contact: Lorely Ambriz Irigoyen, M.S.I.S Knowledge Management & Communication Advisor Pan American Health Organization (PAHO) A Regional Office of the World Health Organization (WHO) United States-Mexico Border Office firstname.lastname@example.org http://www.fep.paho.org