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Year : 2020  |  Volume : 47  |  Issue : 2  |  Page : 132-133

COVID-19 pandemic: Ensuring health system sustainability through strengthening immunization activities


1 Member of the Medical Education Unit and Institute Research Council, Sri Balaji Vidyapeeth – Deemed to be University, Ammapettai, Nellikuppam, Chengalpet District, Tamil Nadu, India
2 Department of Community Medicine, Shri Sathya Sai Medical College and Research Institute, Sri Balaji Vidyapeeth – Deemed to be University, Ammapettai, Nellikuppam, Chengalpet District, Tamil Nadu, India

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Dr. Saurabh RamBihariLal Shrivastava
Professor, Department of Community Medicine, Shri Sathya Sai Medical College and Research Institute, Sri Balaji Vidyapeeth (SBV) – Deemed to be University, Tiruporur - Guduvancherry Main Road, Ammapettai, Nellikuppam, Chengalpet District - 603108, Tamil Nadu
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DOI: 10.4103/jss.JSS_42_20

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The ongoing Corona Virus Disease-2019 (COVID-19) pandemic has reminded all the stakeholders that infectious diseases cannot be restrained within geographical boundaries. The urgent need to have a vaccine for the novel viral infection justifies the role which immunization plays in safeguarding the human lives and economic growth of a nation. Amidst the implementation of outbreak readiness and response activities, it is important to realize that the delivery of the routine immunization programs becomes even more crucial than earlier times. In conclusion, as the fight against the COVID-19 infection intensifies in the different parts of the world, there is a simultaneous pressing need to protect all age-groups from vaccine-preventable diseases through immunization, which will in turn play a crucial role in the sustainability of the health care systems.


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