Captured in 2012, in the Lao People's Democratic Republic (LPDR), this image depicts a group of nurses who’d settled in for the day at an influenza vaccination clinic, stationed in a semi-rural village in Champasak Province. The clinic coordinated the administration of flu vaccines with the villagers’ schedules. This meant that the clinic was busy before the villagers went to work in the morning, and again, busy when they’d arrive home at night, but things were quiet during the long, hot afternoons on the cusp of the rainy season. The nurses were part of the Expanded Program on Immunization in Laos.
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.”
For more on the topic of influenza, and Lao People’s Democratic Republic (LPDR) influenza campaign, please see CDC’s link below.