265361 Role of Immunization in Prevention of Childhood Diseases Globally

Tuesday, October 30, 2012 : 2:30 PM - 2:50 PM

Padmini Murthy, MD, MPH, MS, CHES , New York Medical College School of Public Health, Pleasant Valley, NY
Amy Ansehl, DNP, FNP-BC , Partnership for a Healthy Population, new york medical college school of Health Sciences and Practice, Valhalla, NY
The public health success story of the eradication of small pox globally is well known. Unfortunately many of the vaccine preventable diseases are still prevalent and according to a report released by UNF and its partners in promoting immunizations “Millions of children are disabled or killed every decade by preventable diseases like pneumonia, diarrhea, measles and polio. Pneumonia and diarrhea are the two biggest killers of children under five, and account for more than one-third of childhood deaths worldwide. ”It is horrific that in this day and age of globalization and rapid advances in technology a child dies every 20 seconds due to lack of immunization . This presentation will discuss the role immunizations play in primary and secondary prevention of childhood illness. A recently released report in early 2012 highlights that India has been polio free for a year .The success story of polio and the challenges as to why it is still prevalent in some of the world's nations will be discussed. The enormous economic social advantage of successful immunization will be discussed and its link to improving the targets for MDG # 2 Achieve Universal primary education and MDG # 4 Reduce child mortality will be discussed. A snapshot the role of GAVI and its partners in expanding the global immunization programs will be discussed. UNICEF / WHO recommendations on immunizations and gaps in the service delivery will be a part of the presentation.

Learning Areas:
Clinical medicine applied in public health
Public health or related education

Learning Objectives:
1.Identify 3 advantages of child hood immunizations 2.Discuss how immunizations are a powerful tool in primary and secondary prevention 3.Identify role of team work in expanding access to childhood vaccines.

Presenting author's disclosure statement:

Qualified on the content I am responsible for because: I have been working as a health care professional for more than 20 years in various fields. I have presented at several national and international conferences published, edited a book on women's health and human rights . I have also been working in academia for several years and have been working with the United Nations and NGOs on women's health and global health issues.
Any relevant financial relationships? No

I agree to comply with the American Public Health Association Conflict of Interest and Commercial Support Guidelines, and to disclose to the participants any off-label or experimental uses of a commercial product or service discussed in my presentation.

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