Immunization, Vaccines and Biologicals

16 March 2018

Diphtheria vaccination campaign for 2.7 million children concludes in Yemen

Child receives a vaccination

WHO, UNICEF and national health authorities have completed a large-scale vaccination campaign to control the spread of diphtheria in Yemen.

The campaign targeted nearly 2.7 million children aged 6 weeks to 15 years in 11 governorates. More than 6000 health workers were mobilized during the campaign, including for community engagement and the administration of the vaccine.

1 March 2018

Rebuilding confidence in HPV vaccination

An illustration of a young woman talking to a doctor
Stop HPV - stop livmoderhalskræft in Denmark

Sustaining or rebuilding public trust in vaccines is an ongoing objective of immunization programmes around the world.

Through a WHO-initiated peer group started two years ago, Denmark is sharing lessons learned on HPV with countries such as Ireland, the Netherlands and Austria.

22 February 2018

WHO scaling up routine immunization coverage in South Sudan

Mr Abdulaziz Gwarzo EPI consultant training vaccinators during the phase II meningitis campaign

To strengthen and increase routine immunization coverage in conflict affected areas, WHO conducted multiple service delivery activities including accelerated outreach, measles follow-up campaign and phase II of the meningitis campaign in the conflict affected states of Unity, Jonglei and Upper Nile to reduce the risk of vaccine-preventable diseases including measles and meningitis outbreaks.

19 February 2018

Europe observes a 4-fold increase in measles cases in 2017 compared to previous year

WHO/Alex Shpigunov

Measles has rebounded in the WHO European Region. The disease affected 21 315 people and caused 35 deaths in 2017, following a record low of 5273 cases in 2016.

The WHO Regional Office for Europe has released new data for 2017 one day ahead of a health ministerial meeting on immunization in Montenegro on 20 February 2018.

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