Vaccinating the Americas –Lessons from Varicella Vaccination
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As the population of Latin America and the Caribbean grows, so do the region's healthcare needs. Although access has expanded greatly in past decades, recent events such as the COVID-19 pandemic have highlighted and exacerbated existing problems in health systems throughout the region. For example, some countries across the hemisphere have seen declines of as much as 20% in non-COVID-19 vaccine delivery.
Varicella, or Chickenpox, is one of the many infectious diseases that have seen drops in vaccination coverage. What have been the effects of this drop in coverage on healthcare systems? What can the case of varicella vaccination tell us about healthcare challenges more broadly?
On Thursday, February 2, the Wilson Center and the Americas Health Foundation convened a panel of experts to discuss challenges and benefits of regular and widespread vaccination. With a focus on varicella, the conversation will address how governments can strengthen their public health systems to more inclusively, efficiently, and productively provide preventative care, including through vaccination.
This event was made possible by support from MSD.
Dr. Enrique Chacón-Cruz
Dr. Alejandro Cravioto
Dr. Cristina Mariño
Dr. Mario Melgar
Dr. Mirella Vazquez Rivera
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