Immunization, Vaccines and Biologicals

27 February 2015

WHO updates position paper on Japanese encephalitis vaccines

Children wave their vaccination cards

An updated position paper on Japanese encephalitis (JE) vaccines published in today’s edition of the Weekly Epidemiological Record focuses on new information concerning the availability, safety, immunogenicity, and effectiveness of JE vaccines and the duration of protection they confer. This updated version replaces the 2006 JE vaccines position paper.

26 February 2015

Progress report on the Millennium Development Goals

A Global Child Health event organized by the Archives of Disease in Childhood (ADC) is taking place today in London. The event coincides with the launch of the ADC supplement on Millennium Development Goals: Progress Reports. The supplement reflects on the progress made towards the achievement of the MDGs, with particular respect to child health.

Included in the supplement is an article focusing on the contribution by Gavi, the Vaccine Alliance in reducing child mortality. The article was co-authored by Dr Jean-Marie Okwo-Bele and Lidija Kamara from the WHO Department of Immunization, vaccines and biologicals and Dr Flavia Bustreo, WHO Assistant-Director General of Family, women’s and children’s health.

23 February 2015

WHO calls for scaled-up vaccination against measles

The WHO Regional Office for Europe calls on policy-makers, health care workers and parents immediately to step up vaccination against measles across age groups at risk. This will help to put an end to the outbreaks occurring in countries in the WHO European Region and to prevent similar outbreaks in the future.

Seven countries have reported 22 149 cases of measles in 2014 and thus far in 2015. This threatens the Region’s goal of eliminating the disease by the end of 2015. Even though measles cases fell by 50% from 2013 to 2014, large outbreaks continue.

20 February 2015

Updated guidance on use of meningococcal A conjugate vaccines in routine immunization of infants and young children

Mothers waiting with their babies prior to getting them vaccinated

In an updated position paper published in today’s edition of the Weekly Epidemiological Record, WHO emphasizes the importance of completing mass vaccination campaigns in individuals aged 1 to 29 years in all countries in the African meningitis belt, and the need to conduct high quality surveillance and vaccine programme evaluation in those countries

Immunization news

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Mortality reduction

75%drop in global measles deaths

Global progress towards regional measles elimination
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84%of infants vaccinated with 3 doses of DTP vaccine in 2013

Immunization coverage fact sheet

Incomplete vaccination

21.8 millioninfants still missing out on basic vaccines

Global routine vaccination coverage 2013
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