If the number of non-vaccinated people increases, dangerous diseases can reappear. The Ministry points to this in a communication: "The success of vaccinations is measurable. In Belgium, many of the infectious diseases to be prevented by vaccination are no longer or rarely present (eg polio or polio). But as the number of unvaccinated people increases, infectious diseases such as measles can recur. Therefore, it is important that you have yourself and your family fully and regularly vaccinated. "
Under the motto "Prevent. Protect. Vaccination ", European Immunization Week carries this message to all parts of the EU. Every child and every adult should protect themselves from preventable infectious diseases. This applies to all stages of life: in infancy, childhood, adolescence, adulthood, as pregnant women and in old age. In order to maintain vaccine protection in adults, certain vaccines need to be refreshed regularly (eg against tetanus). Adults can also be vaccinated for the first time if they have not been vaccinated against a particular disease. The DG recommends a series of vaccinations and makes them available free of charge to children, adolescents and pregnant women. It is based on the recommendations of the Belgian High Health Council and the World Health Organization. The vaccination program can be found on www.ostbelgiumlive.be. To protect yourself and others from infection, it is important to know if you have enough vaccine. Also this year, the two hospitals in the DG offer to have the vaccine tested. This free check is possible (please bring your vaccination certificate):
– in the St. Joseph St. Vith clinic, on Thursday, April 25, from 9-12 o'clock
– in the St. Nicholas Hospital Eupen, on Saturday, April 27, from 10-15 clock. Head doctor Dr. Marenne also at 11 clock and 14 clock a speech on vaccinations.
If necessary, you can take a free-of-charge vaccination against measles mumps rubella. Home and specialist doctors also check the vaccination status and inform if the protection is sufficient. They explain which vaccinations are useful and carry them through. Kaleido East Belgium offers free counseling and vaccinations for children and adolescents aged 0-20 (www.kaleido-ostbelgien.be). This year, the ministry is taking the opportunity to celebrate the "heroes" of the vaccine routine. So all those who protect human lives through vaccinations. All vaccination advocates are honored with a "Vaccine Hero" button and awarded. This button is available to all vaccine service providers (family doctor, pediatrician, gynecologist or Kaleido East Belgium). By wearing it visibly, you or your child will show that you are helping to prevent infection and save lives.
For further information, please contact: Mireille Thomas, Health Promotion and Prevention Officer, Ministry of the German-speaking Community, Gospertstraße 1, 4700 Eupen, tel .: +32 (0) 87 596 378, e-mail: email@example.com. (Red / sc)