Published On: Fri, Oct 4th, 2019

Parents and guardians invited to bring their children to the Nagico Health & Fitness Fair on Saturday

NAGICO Health & Fitness Fair 2019

GREAT BAY, Sint Maarten (DCOMM) – The Collective Prevention Services (CPS) will be participating in the second annual Nagico Health & Fitness Fair, at the Raoul Illidge Sports Complex.

Youth Health Care is inviting parents and guardians to bring their child (ren) ages 12-17 years (mainly) with birth years 2004, 2005, 2006 and 2007 to the Nagico Health & Fitness Fair on Saturday, October 5 from 8.00am to 2.00pm.

CPS Section Youth Health Care will have a booth at the Health & Fitness Fair which will allow parents/guardians to check their child (ren’s) vaccination status and to verify if it is up to date with their vaccination status.

General Health Care (GHC) will also be providing health promotion information which includes preventive health and vector control. The AIDS Foundation and the American University of the Caribbean will be providing services and information in collaboration with GHC.

CPS, a department of the Ministry of Public Health, Social Development and Labour, says vaccines save lives and the foundation of our country is in the health of our youth.

Parents and guardians must bring along the child (ren’s) vaccination record/book.  One of the things that staff of Youth Health Care (YHC) will be doing at the outreach is registering vaccinations that the child (ren) may have received elsewhere and putting this information in the country’s national registration system.

This vaccination outreach initiative at the fair aims to help bring immunization-delayed infants and young children up to date with their vaccination schedule. In addition, an opportunity to inform parents on vaccines offered within the program and the benefits and importance of such.

Vaccines help your immune system fight more than 20 dangerous diseases.  From the time we’re born, vaccines offer protection to help individuals stay healthy throughout their entire lives.

Evidence continues to show that vaccination is one of the safest, most cost-effective ways to prevent diseases and death.

Within the Region, many countries are on alert for Measles.  Measles is a serious and contagious disease caused by a virus and is spread from person to person through the air.  It can cause pneumonia, seizures, brain damage, and even death.  Vaccination is the best way to prevent measles.

For more information you can call: 542-3003 or 542-3553 or email: youthhealthcare@sintmaartengov.org

Protect your community. Do your part. #GetVax