Immunization, Vaccines and Biologicals

28 August 2015

WHO issues updated pertussis vaccine position paper

In an updated position paper published in today’s edition of the Weekly Epidemiological Record, WHO revised its guidance on the choice of pertussis vaccine and incorporated recent evidence on the use of additional strategies, particularly on vaccination during pregnancy, to prevent early infant mortality.

27 August 2015

India eliminates maternal and neonatal tetanus

India has achieved another momentous public health feat – the elimination of maternal and neonatal tetanus (MNT). This success comes a year after India eradicated polio.

With India’s achievement, almost the entire WHO South-East Asia Region, barring a few districts in Indonesia, has now eliminated MNT.

18 August 2015

Vaccine hesitancy: A growing challenge for immunization programmes

EPA/C.J. Gunther

People who delay or refuse vaccines for themselves or their children are presenting a growing challenge for countries seeking to close the immunization gap. Globally, 1 in 5 children still do not receive routine life-saving immunizations, and an estimated 1.5 million children still die each year of diseases that could be prevented by vaccines that already exist, according to WHO.

6 August 2015

Optimizing home-based vaccination records

UNICEF/Olivier Asselin

Home-based vaccination records play an important role in documenting immunization services received by individuals. But these tools are too often underutilized.

As such, WHO has developed a practical guide to provide direction to immunization programme managers and other national health programmes on how to improve the use and design of home-based records.

Immunization news

fact buffet

Mortality reduction

75%drop in global measles deaths

Global progress towards regional measles elimination
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86%of infants vaccinated with 3 doses of DTP vaccine in 2014

Immunization coverage fact sheet

Incomplete vaccination

18.7 millioninfants still missing out on basic vaccines

Global routine vaccination coverage 2013
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11 August 2015

Call for Nominations: Recognized immunization experts solicited for Immunization Practices Advisory Committee (IPAC)

6 August 2015

Call for proposals: Evaluation of vaccine manufacturers’ perceptions regarding Controlled Temperature Chain (CTC)

3 August 2015

30 July 2015

Global Immunization Meeting: “Protect, Innovate, Accelerate”

27 July 2015

Call for consultant - MIC Strategy Fundraising Advisor, Policies & Strategies Group