Drawing on the experiences of many countries, a new WHO guidance document on vaccine introduction is now available in English, with French, Spanish, Arabic, and Russian versions expected in coming months.
This new essential resource is intended to inform decision-making, guide the planning and implementation of a smooth vaccine introduction, and highlight ways to use the opportunity to strengthen immunization and health systems. It describes the latest references and tools related to vaccine decision-making, economic analyses, cold chain, integrated disease control, vaccine safety, communications, monitoring, and more.
Ciro de Quadros has led some of the most successful immunization campaigns in the history of public health. He says that, in some ways, it’s harder to eliminate vaccine-preventable diseases today than it was in the past.
World Immunization Week 2014: pick your poster, spread the word
Immunization protects against an increasing number of diseases, from infancy to old age. With the slogan “Immunize for a healthy future: Know, Check, Protect” for this year’s World Immunization Week, we encourage you to check if you and your family are up-to-date with the vaccines you need.
Help us spread the word by choosing one or more posters from the online, multilingual toolbox. Print, post in your office, school, or health-care centre, and share on social media to make this year’s campaign truly global.
Four Western Pacific countries and areas are the first in their Region to be measles-free
The WHO Western Pacific Region celebrates a milestone today with the announcement of measles elimination by Australia, Macao (China), Mongolia and the Republic of Korea. They are the first countries or areas in the Region to receive this distinction.
Measles kills approximately 330 people worldwide every day, mostly children under the age of five, making this a truly significant achievement as WHO Member States in the Western Pacific Region work towards measles elimination.
78%drop in global measles deathsGlobal control and regional elimination of measles
83%of infants vaccinated with 3 doses of DTP vaccine in 20122012 global vaccination coverage
22.6 millionchildren incompletely vaccinated at 12 months of ageGlobal immunization goals