Due to COVID-19, the nurses of Section Youth health Care (YHC) at the Ministry of Public Health, Social Development and Labour (Ministry VSA), were not able to visit the schools to complete their immunization rounds.
Therefore, YHC is requesting all parents to check their child’s vaccination status to ensure that it is currently up to date.
Children who were born in the year 2016 (four (4) years), and up to 2010 (ten (10) years old), they are asked to verify if the child has been fully vaccinated according to the St. Maarten national immunization schedule.
If this is not the case, you are requested to contact Youth Heath Care at 542-3003 to make an appointment for the child to receive the missing vaccination.
According to the World Health Organizations (WHO), immunization saves millions of lives every year and is widely recognized as one of the world’s most successful and cost-effective health interventions.
Immunization prevents illness, disability and death from vaccine-preventable diseases including cervical cancer, diphtheria, hepatitis B, measles, mumps, pertussis (whooping cough), pneumonia, polio, rotavirus, diarrhea, rubella, and tetanus.