Immunization, Vaccines and Biologicals

17 July 2017

1 in 10 infants worldwide did not receive any vaccinations in 2016

A child being vaccinated.

Worldwide, 12.9 million infants, nearly 1 in 10, did not receive any vaccinations in 2016, according to new estimates from WHO and UNICEF. These infants missed the first dose of diphtheria-tetanus-pertussis (DTP)-containing vaccine, putting them at serious risk. Additionally, an estimated 6.6 million infants who did receive their first dose of DTP-containing vaccine did not complete the full, three dose DTP immunization series (DTP3) in 2016.

10 July 2017

New journal supplement provides an important resource to guide immunization programme planning

Global polio eradication and immunization partners have today announced the launch of a new supplement to the Journal of Infectious Diseases, Polio Endgame and Legacy: Implementation, Best Practices, and Lessons Learned.

The 51 articles in the publication serve as a resource and reference on how to implement large scale, globally synchronized public health activities within ambitious timelines, and provides valuable insights for other initiatives looking to do the same.

7 July 2017

WHO issues updated hepatitis B vaccines position paper

In a revised position paper on hepatitis B vaccines published in today’s edition of the Weekly Epidemiological Record, WHO provided updated information on hepatitis B vaccines and their storage, transport and deployment.

The recommendations concern the target groups for vaccination, the appropriate schedules and stress the importance of vaccination of all infants at birth as the most effective intervention for the prevention of hepatitis B virus-associated disease worldwide.

5 July 2017

Launch of the Global National Immunization Technical Advisory Group Network

Karin Knufmann-Happe, Director General for Health Protection, speaks during the meeting
Hans-Günter Bredow

The second Global National Immunization Technical Advisory Group Network (GNN) meeting was held in Berlin from 28-29 June. The meeting was jointly organized by WHO, the Robert Koch Institute, US Centers for Disease Control (CDC) and Prevention and Agence de Médecine Preventive−Health Policy and Institutional Development Center (AMP-HPID).

Immunization news

fact buffet

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

134 000deaths every year worldwide

Measles fact sheet