Immunization, Vaccines and Biologicals

19 April 2018

Vaccine hesitancy in the Federation of Bosnia and Herzegovina

A young Bosnian girl receives a vaccination

Immunization rates in the Federation of Bosnia and Herzegovina are as low as 40% in some areas and continuing to decline, increasing the risk of large disease outbreaks. But, no one knows precisely why.

Growing vaccine hesitancy, misinformation in social media, lack of trust in the health system, a shortage of health workers and supply issues are all suspected reasons for low coverage rates. However, these are mostly assumptions with little evidence.

5 April 2018

WHO at 70: Working for better health for everyone, everywhere

On 7 April, World Health Day, WHO marks its 70th anniversary. For decades, WHO staff have worked alongside governments and health professionals on the ground. In the early years, there was a strong focus on fighting infectious killers like smallpox, polio and diphtheria.

The Expanded Programme on Immunization, for example, set up by WHO in 1974, has, with the help of UNICEF, Gavi, the Vaccine Alliance, and others, brought lifesaving vaccines to millions of children. WHO estimates that immunization averts 2-3 million deaths every year.

3 April 2018

WHO recommends use of first typhoid conjugate vaccine

Mothers await vaccination for their children

WHO recommends the introduction of typhoid conjugate vaccine (TCV) for infants and children over six months of age in typhoid-endemic countries.

TCV provides longer-lasting protection, requires fewer doses and is suitable for children under two years of age. The updated policy will help ensure access to typhoid vaccination in communities most impacted by the disease, which is responsible for nearly 12 million infections and between 128 000 and 161 000 deaths a year.

21 March 2018

WHO responds to critical health needs of thousands of Syrians fleeing East Ghouta

Health workers talking to citizens in Syria

Syrians are fleeing the escalating violence in besieged East Ghouta and there are many children that have not been vaccinated for several years and are at high risk of contracting life-threatening diseases such as measles and polio.

WHO is supporting an emergency vaccination campaign to immunize against measles, mumps, rubella, tuberculosis, hepatitis and polio. Thousands of children under the age of 5 have been vaccinated in the past week.

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