The last week of April each year is observed as Immunisation Week by the World Health Organisation. This year April 24-30th was observed in India highlighting the need for a collective action to ensure every person is protected from vaccine preventable diseases.
Public libraries provide the much needed platform for information dissemination. The Indian Public Library Movement (IPLM) in collaboration with Medanta Telemedicine organised its eleventh health awareness session on Immunisation on 30 May 2018. Dr Sushila Kataria, Director, Internal Medicine, Medanta, was the resource person for the session.
The session was live webcast and 10 libraries participated: 1) T S Central State Library Chandigarh 2) Amritsar District Library 3) Kota Divisional Library 4) Amir-ud-Daula Public Library, Lucknow 5) District Library, Pratapgarh 6) District Library, Varanasi 7) District Librray, Etawa 8)UP State Central Library, Allahabad 9) Pune Marathi Granthalaya, Pune 10) M M Central State Library, Patiala 11) Varanasi District Library and 12) District Library of Anantnag , Jammu& Kashmir.
While discussing immunisation amongst children, adolescents and adults, Dr Kataria emphasised, ‘one is never too old to be vaccinated’ and that adults too need to be aware of vaccinations particularly chicken pox, typhoid, hepatitis, flu amongst others. Adults suffering from diabetes, asthma, blood pressure or those with ailments of heart, kidney and liver are particularly at high risk and must ensure timely vaccinations. Besides, vaccines developed for regional conditions- case in point, Japanese Encephalitis for districts in eastern Uttar Pradesh, must be strongly encouraged.
It was an interactive session, where more than 200 users of public libraries participated and had their concerns addressed by the doctor.