World Immunisation Week is celebrated between 24 April and 30 April and it aims to promote the use of vaccines to protect people of all ages against disease.
The World Health Organisation (WHO) works with many countries across the world to raise awareness of the importance of vaccines and immunisation to make sure that governments have the necessary guidance and support to implement high quality immunisation programmes.
The ultimate goal of World Immunisation Week is for more people – and their communities – to be protected from vaccine-preventable diseases.
Why are vaccinations important?
Getting vaccination is one most effective ways to prevent against infection diseases such as smallpox, polio and tetanus. Other diseases like measles and diphtheria have been reduced by up to 99.9% since their vaccines were introduced.
The importance of getting Coronavirus (COVID-19) vaccinations
The last two years has seen us plunged into national pandemic, and sadly many lives have been lost to this disease. That’s why getting vaccinated has never been more important. Getting vaccinated could save your life. COVID-19 vaccines provide strong protection against serious illness, hospitalisation, and death.
There is also some evidence that being vaccinated will make it less likely that you will pass the virus on to others, which means your decision to get the vaccine also protects those around you.
Even after getting vaccinated, keep taking precautions to protect yourself, family, friends, and anyone else you may encounter. COVID-19 vaccines are highly effective, but some people will still get ill from COVID-19 after vaccination. There is also still a chance that you could also pass the virus on to others who are not vaccinated.
Being vaccinated does not mean that we can throw caution to the wind and put ourselves and others at risk, particularly because research is still ongoing into how much vaccines protect not only against disease but also against infection and transmission.
Wellbeing of staff at Benenden Hospital
The wellbeing of our staff is imperative and as a hospital we ensure that our staff continually have good hand hygiene, are fully vaccinated and where necessary, they wear the appropriate Personal Protective Equipment (PPE).
We take the health and wellbeing of our staff very seriously, it is at the heart of what we do alongside the care of our patients. Providing the flu jab is also ensuring we maintain our standards throughout the hospital through infection control.
Infection control at Benenden Hospital
Whilst not all infections are preventable, a proportion of healthcare-associated infections are. With that in mind, infection prevention and control and basic hygiene are at the heart of good management and clinical practice and therefore vitally important to the work we do at Benenden Hospital.
We always seek to ensure that appropriate resources are allocated to provide effective protection of patients, staff and visitors health from hospital-acquired infection, communicable disease and antibiotic resistance.
Find out more about our commitment to infection prevention and control.
Published on 26 April 2022