Vaccination is the most effective tool for controlling and eliminating serious infectious diseases, hence preserving public health and protecting lives. Without vaccines, diseases such as polio and measles would spread uncontrolled around the world.
After introduction of the National Immunization Program in 1980, to vaccinate children below 2 year, the rate of infectious disease in UAE has dropped dramatically. The UAE was declared polio-free in 2004. There has also been a dramatic reduction in the number of measles, mumps, rubella and pertussis cases. It is important to continue these efforts and strengthen the immunity of the community through adherence to routine vaccination and immunization campaigns when needed.
The Health Authority – Abu Dhabi (HAAD) launched a vaccination awareness campaign under the theme “Vaccination is Essential.” The campaign emphasizes the importance of vaccination to prevent diseases in the community, promotes the use of vaccines to protect people of all ages, increases public awareness of the latest vaccination programs and new vaccines introduced by HAAD, and enhances the healthcare professionals’ role to be a vaccine advocate.
The campaign highlights different vaccination programs provided by HAAD which target various age groups from birth to older adults:
- Childhood Vaccination, For more click here
- School Vaccination, For more click here
- Adult Vaccination, For more click here
- Hajj and Umra Vaccination, For more click here
- Traveller Vaccination, For more click here