Immunization, Vaccines and Biologicals


Policy and technical documents

WHO Policy on Measles Vaccine

In accordance with its mandate to provide guidance to Member States on health policy matters, WHO is issuing a series of regularly updated position papers on vaccines and vaccine combinations against diseases that have an international public health impact. The position papers summarize essential background information on the respective diseases and vaccines and conclude with the current WHO position concerning their use in the global context.

Global Immunization, Vision and Strategy

Global Immunization, Vision and Strategy, 2006-2015 [pdf 3.5Mb]
Published 2005

La vaccination dans le monde: vision et stratégie 2006-2015 [pdf 2.2Mb]
Published 2006

Developed jointly by WHO and UNICEF, the Global Immunization, Vision and Strategy provides the framework for global immunization during the next 10 years. It aims to guide countries on how to immunize more people against more diseases; introduce newly available life-saving vaccines and technologies; and provide other critical health interventions, such as nutrition and malaria control, at immunization contacts.

An introduction to the Global Immunization Vision and Strategy

This colorful WHO/UNICEF brochure captures the essence of GIVS which aims to protect more people against more diseases. Illustrated with photos and the brand new visual identity for GIVS, it describes achievements in immunization and the benefits of this key and cost-effective health intervention. Needs, challenges, the cost of immunization programmes and resource requirements are given. The document provides the four strategic areas of GIVS and immunization goals established therein.

Link to brochure

The Immunological Basis for Immunization Series

This module is part of the series The Immunological Basis for Immunization, which was initially developed in 1993 as a set of eight modules focusing on the vaccines included in the Expanded Programme on Immunization (EPI). In addition to a general immunology module, each of the seven other modules covered one of the vaccines recommended as part of the EPI programme - diphtheria, measles, pertussis, polio, tetanus, tuberculosis and yellow fever. The modules have become some of the most widely used documents in the field of immunization.

Last updated: May 2012