Over 100 countries participate in immunization week
In 2010, for the first time, beginning 24 April, 112 countries in the WHO regions of the Americas, Eastern Mediterranean and Europe will host simultaneous immunization weeks. This unprecedented collaborative effort will provide further momentum towards a worldwide immunization week.
Various regional launches are planned to kick off the week and a variety of activities will be carried out including workshops, training sessions, social mobilization, round-table discussions, exhibitions and media events addressing a wide range of vaccine-related issues. In addition, large-scale vaccination campaigns, tracking of unvaccinated people and the delivery of an integrated package of life-saving health interventions during "Child Health Days" will take place. The target audiences for activities include parents, caregivers, health workers, mass media, and decision-makers.
Beyond increasing immunization rates, the initiative is an effective tool for communicating the value of immunization.