Immunization, Vaccines and Biologicals

16 January 2017

Millions of children to receive measles vaccine in north-eastern Nigeria

A mass vaccination campaign to protect more than 4 million children against a measles outbreak in conflict-affected states in north-eastern Nigeria is planned to start this week.

The two-week campaign, which starts on 13 January, will target all children aged from 6 months to 10 years in accessible areas in Borno, Yobe and Adamawa States.

12 January 2017

New Chair of SAGE takes office

Dr Alejandro Cravioto, internationally-recognized expert in vaccination took over in January 2017 as the Chair of WHO’s leading advisory group on immunization, the Strategic Advisory Group of Experts (SAGE) on Immunization.

Dr Cravioto took over from Professor Jon Abramson who had served as Chair from 2013 to 2016 and had reached the end of his term.

Currently, Dr. Cravioto is affiliated with the Faculty of Medicine of the Universidad Nacional Autónoma de México.

21 December 2016

WHO’s Year in Review for 2016

Collage of six photos: woman with lymphatic filariasis, child with yellow fever vaccination card, young boy with leprosy medication, a baby having her head measures due to microcephaly, a health worker receiving package in Syria, and a nurse smiling

2016 has been a turbulent year, in which WHO has tackled disease outbreaks and humanitarian crises and championed efforts to combat antimicrobial resistance and move towards universal health coverage.

WHO has helped countries eliminate infectious diseases through immunization and implement programmes to beat cancer and other noncommunicable diseases.

19 December 2016

Publication of a new report on State of inequality: Childhood immunization

The report addresses two overarching questions: What inequalities in childhood immunization coverage exist in low- and middle-income countries? And how have childhood immunization inequalities changed over the last 10 years?

In answering these questions, this report draws on data about five childhood immunization indicators, disaggregated by four dimensions of inequality, and covering 69 countries.

Immunization news

fact buffet

Mortality reduction

79%drop in global measles deaths

Measles fact sheet


86%of infants vaccinated with 3 doses of DTP vaccine in 2015

Immunization coverage fact sheet

Incomplete vaccination

19.4 millioninfants still missing out on basic vaccines

2015 estimates of immunization coverage
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