Captured in 2012, in the Lao People's Democratic Republic (LPDR), this image depicts a group of pregnant women leaving an influenza vaccination clinic in Champasak Province. In the background, women had gathered beneath the shady trees, while also waiting to receive their flu shots.
This activity took place during the country’s launch of a seasonal influenza vaccination program with its objective “to protect pregnant women and other adults at high risk of serious flu-related complications. The program was the product of a collaboration begun in 2006 between the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), the World Health Organization (WHO) and the Lao Ministry of Health to develop the country’s influenza public heath capacities. The vaccine for the campaign was provided by Walgreens, which donated 375,000 doses of trivalent inactivated vaccine directly to Lao PDR.”
“Years of data from industrialized, developed countries show that influenza is a serious disease. It can cause serious health complications (like pneumonia), and can make conditions like asthma and diabetes worse. It can lead to hospitalization and sometimes death. Data collected recently from Laos and other developing countries are showing that influenza is an important cause of pneumonia and hospitalizations in those settings, too.”
For more on the topic of influenza, and Lao People’s Democratic Republic (LPDR) influenza campaign, please see CDC’s link below.