World Immunization Week, 24-30 April 2017
28 March 2017 -- World Immunization Week, which is held from 24-30 April 2017, aims to raise awareness about the critical importance of full immunization throughout life, and its role in achieving the 2030 Sustainable Development Goals.
20 April 2017 -- Vaccines prevented at least 10 million deaths between 2010 and 2015, and many millions more lives were protected from illness. The global push to end polio has reached its final stages, with just 3 remaining countries still working to eradicate this debilitating disease. The ambitious Global Vaccine Action Plan to reach everyone with vaccines by 2020 started strong but is falling behind. WHO challenges all health leaders to make immunization one of the biggest success stories of modern medicine.
19 April 2017 -- Expanding access to immunization is crucial to achieving the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs). Not only do vaccinations prevent the suffering and death associated with infectious diseases such as pneumonia, diarrhoea, whooping cough, measles, and polio, they also help enable national priorities like education and economic development to take hold.
10 March 2017 -- Expanding access to immunization is crucial to achieving the SDGs. Not only do vaccinations prevent the suffering and death associated with infectious diseases such as pneumonia, diarrhoea, whooping cough, measles, and polio, they also help enable national priorities like education and economic development to take hold.
10 March 2017 -- When parents and caregivers need credible information about vaccines for their children, they often look to the internet first. In recent years, however, a number of websites have been publishing unbalanced and misleading information on vaccine safety. In response, a network of validated vaccine safety websites, called Vaccine Safety Net, has been created to provide accurate and trustworthy information about vaccines.
116 millionDuring 2015, 116 million infants worldwide received 3 doses of diphtheria-tetanus-pertussis vaccine, protecting them against infectious diseases that can cause serious illness and disability.Fact sheet on immunization
85% of childrenIn 2015, about 85% of the world's children received one dose of measles vaccine by their first birthday through routine health services – up from 73% in 2000.Fact sheet on measles
3 countriesPolio cases have decreased by over 99% since 1988. Today, only 3 countries (Afghanistan, Nigeria and Pakistan) remain polio-endemic, down from more than 125 in 1988.Fact sheet on poliomyelitis
#VaccinesWorkTweets about #VaccinesWork from:who
Campaign around the world
- Africa: Vaccines protect everyone, get vaccinated!
- Americas: #GetVax to celebrate a healthy tomorrow!
- Europe: Vaccines Work
Countdown to World Immunization Week
Stories from countries
- WHO-validated websites provide trustworthy information on vaccine safety
- Millions of children to receive measles vaccine in Nigeria
- Cholera vaccination campaign for Haitians hardest hit by Hurricane Matthew
- Afghan women leading the battle against polio
- Historic commitment from African Heads of State to advance immunization