Sri Lanka

Weekly Epidemiological Report, Vol. 39 No.01 31st December – 06th January 2012 - Flashback-2011

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The preceding year (2011) was full of challenges as all the other years were. But functions of the unit-mainly the Expanded Programme on Immunization (EPI) and Disease surveillance (both vaccine preventable and other important communicable diseases) - were carried out successfully as a team effort.

Expanded Programme on Immunization suffered set backs in 2009 and 2010 due to the unfortunate incidents which occurred previously. But the social marketing campaign launched to regain confidence in Immunization with the collaboration of UNICEF and WHO was highly successful and immunization levels have reached previous levels during year 2011. In addition, entire public health staff of the country was trained on risk communication related to immunization and how to handle anaphylaxis following immunization during the last year. New vaccine MMR (Measles, Mumps and Rubella) was introduced in October 2011 and was well accepted.