Crown Princess Mary of Denmark filmed a new video, in English, for the World Heath Organisation’s Regional Office for Europe for European Immunization Week 2017 which runs from 24 April through 30 April. The Regional Office for Europe explained on their website that this is “an annual initiative that raises awareness of the importance of immunisation for people’s health and well-being. This year, under the slogan #VaccinesWork, stakeholders in all countries will focus on the importance and benefits of immunisation at every stage of life.”
She emphasised how important vaccines are to prevent diseases, and due to the various vaccines available, numerous diseases have become almost non-existent in Europe. Crown Princess Mary added that many will see the eradication of polio in their lifetime.
She added that there is much reason to celebrate during this week. “We have much to celebrate,” she said, “Relatively few people living in the region today will ever experience firsthand the effects of polio, measles, mumps, congenital rubella syndrome, diphtheria, ptosis or tetanus.”
Her Royal Highness admitted that we take achievements like these for granted, but this also makes the celebration of Immunization Week each year so valuable.
The Crown Princess also said, “Tremendous progress in recent decades in advancing the European region’s health, education and living standards. Vaccines have played a fundamental role in this progress, and vaccines also have a fundamental role to play in achieving the global 2030 agenda for sustainable development.
“Each year, the European region celebrates vaccines’ contribution to development through the European Immunization Week initiative.”
The main focal point this year is on people having vaccines during every stage of life, calling it a “lifelong responsibility.” Mary cited how vaccines can prevent babies from deadly diseases, young women from cervical cancer and older people from dying due to complications from pneumonia.
The Crown Princess also took aim at those who advocate against vaccination saying, “The effect of persistent rumours can cause some people to delay or decide against vaccination, but no rumour can be as compelling as the simple truth that vaccines save lives.”
Her Royal Highness has been the patron of the organisation since 2005.