Immunization, Vaccines and Biologicals

17 November 2017

Progress towards rubella and congenital rubella syndrome control and elimination

A new report published in todays’ edition of the WHO Weekly Epidemiological Record shows that 53 more countries introduced rubella vaccine into their national immunization schedules since 2000. This led to a decline in cases by 97% from 2000-2016. But, improved disease surveillance and stronger country commitment are still needed to reach elimination goals.

WHO recommends that all countries that have not yet introduced rubella vaccine should consider doing so using existing, well-established measles immunization programmes.

6 November 2017

Group B Streptococcus infection causes an estimated 150 000 preventable stillbirths and infant deaths every year

An estimated one in five pregnant women around the world carry Group B Streptococcus (GBS) bacteria which is a major, yet preventable, cause of maternal and infant ill health globally. These are the findings of a new research supplement published in the journal Clinical Infectious Diseases.

The series of 11 research papers conservatively estimates that out of 410 000 GBS cases every year, there will be at least 147,000 stillbirths and infant deaths globally. Despite being home to only 13% of the world’s population, Africa had the highest burden, with 54% of estimated cases and 65% of stillbirths and infant deaths.

30 October 2017

New assessment report on progress towards global immunization goals

In the newly published report by the Strategic Advisory Group of Experts (SAGE) on Immunization, it was noted that some progress have been made towards global immunization goals: the year saw the fewest number of cases of wild poliovirus ever reported, three more countries were certified as having achieved maternal and neonatal tetanus elimination and nine additional countries have introduced new vaccines.

However, there are concerning signs of complacency and inadequate political commitment to immunization. The assessment report provides a series of key recommendations aimed at accelerating progress and provide solutions to key challenges.

26 October 2017

Fewer measles deaths, but disease still kills 90 000 each year

Credit: WHO/F.Maurizio

In 2016, an estimated 90 000 people died from measles – an 84% drop from more than 550 000 deaths in 2000 – according to a new report published today by leading health organizations. While have seen a substantial drop in measles deaths for more than two decades, now we must strive to reach zero measles cases.

Immunization news

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Global coverage

86%of infants worldwide vaccinated with 3 doses of DTP vaccine in 2016

Immunization coverage fact sheet


1 in 10infants did not receive any vaccinations in 2016

2016 immunization coverage data
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Measles mortality

90 000estimated deaths from measles in 2016

Measles fact sheet