HSE Press Release: Friday, 11th October 2019
Vaccines are Everybody’s Business
Advice for International Infection Prevention Week (IIPW) 13th – 19th October
International Infection Prevention Week (13th – 19th October) takes place around the world to highlight how we can protect our health through reducing infection. The theme this year is Vaccines are Everybody’s Business. Keeping patients safe from infection is everyone’s responsibility; everyone needs to know the best ways to prevent infections.
Professor Martin Cormican, HSE National Lead for Antibiotic Resistance says, “International Infection Prevention Week gives us the opportunity to highlight some of the key actions we can all take to reduce infection. This year the theme is vaccination and it’s important to ensure that we, as health care professionals, are aware of the role vaccination plays in protecting patient health and the health of our families. It’s also very important that healthcare staff get the annual flu vaccination to help protect patients and themselves from getting flu.
“It is essential that we all clean our hands thoroughly to reduce the risk of infection spreading. We often think we have washed our hands properly but have a look at this short experiment and you will be surprised.”
Dr Nuala O'Connor, GP says, “Your GP is here to help you protect your family’s health. The childhood vaccination programme is a critical part of ensuring your child stays as healthy as possible. There is a wealth of information for parents on www.immunisation.ie. Vaccines given in Ireland prevent 13 diseases including measles, meningitis and pertussis (whooping cough). These diseases may result in serious complications including death. Outbreaks of these serious infectious diseases will occur if people are not vaccinated.
“We are now seeing an increase in the numbers of children and young adults with measles. There has been an increase in the number of cases of measles and mumps in Ireland in recent months. In the first 15 weeks of this year, 898 cases of mumps and 48 cases of measles have been reported. I also want to remind pregnant women that pregnancy is another vulnerable time for infection. Flu vaccine is recommended to protect you and a pertussis booster to protect your baby. Both of these vaccines are available from your GP practice.”
See hse.ie/handhygiene for more information about good hand hygiene. Check out the IIPW site for lots of games, fun facts and information on vaccination.
Last updated on: 11 / 10 / 2019