Bolt joins PAHO to pro­mote vac­ci­na­tion

The Star (St. Lucia) - - REGIONAL -

Ja­maican track su­per­star Usain Bolt has joined the Pan Amer­i­can Health Or­ga­ni­za­tion (PAHO) in a cam­paign to raise aware­ness of the im­por­tance of vac­ci­na­tion in pro­tect­ing health and pre­vent­ing dis­ease.

The six-time Olympic gold medal­ist and 11-time world cham­pion sprinter ap­pears on posters and in a pub­lic ser­vice an­nounce­ment en­cour­ag­ing peo­ple to get vac­ci­nated.

The PSA, posted on Vimeo, and posters are part of PAHO’s 14th an­nual Vac­ci­na­tion Week in the Amer­i­cas cam­paign, which high­lights the life-sav­ing ben­e­fits of vac­cines.

“Be­ing the best ath­lete I can means stay­ing healthy – in­clud­ing keep­ing up to date on my vac­cines,” Bolt says in a so­cial me­dia post for the cam­paign. In the PSA, he says “I’m up to date on my vac­cines. Are you?” and urges view­ers to “Go for the gold” and get vac­ci­nated.

“Go for the gold – Get vac­ci­nated!” is the cam­paign slo­gan for this year’s Vac­ci­na­tion Week in the Amer­i­cas, which takes place from April 23 to 30. It ref­er­ences the up­com­ing 2016 sum­mer Olympic Games in Rio de Janeiro, in which Bolt is sched­uled to com­pete.

On Thurs­day Bolt was named one of the most in­flu­en­tial peo­ple in the world, ac­cord­ing to TIME mag­a­zine.

The Ja­maican has been named among world lead­ers, ac­tivists, artists and ath­letes, sci­en­tists, moguls and United States pres­i­den­tial hope­fuls, in the list of the 100 Most In­flu­en­tial Peo­ple of 2016 re­leased Thurs­day April 21, 2016.

Ja­maican su­per­star ath­lete and one of the most in­flu­en­tial peo­ple in the world, Usain Bolt.

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