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World Immunization Weeks

Global Immunization Data (July 2014)

This short document provides a summary of the latest global immunization data. Data on the following is included: global immunization coverage; uptake of new and underused vaccines; the unprotected children; and deaths due to vaccine-preventable diseases.


These materials cover issues relating to the use of thiomersal in vaccines: why it is used; evidence regarding safety; and WHO's position.

State of the world's vaccines and immunization. Third edition

This report is a call to action to governments and donors to sustain and increase funding for immunization in order to build upon the progress made so far in meeting the global goals. It focuses on the major developments in vaccines and immunization since 2000. Part 1 examines the impact of immunization on efforts to meet the Millennium Development Goals, especially the goal to reduce deaths among children under five. It looks at the development and use of vaccines and at the safeguards that have been put in place to ensure their safety, efficacy, and quality. It sets out the progress and challenges in meeting the immunization-related global goals. It discusses both the cost of scaling up immunization coverage to meet these goals, and efforts to ensure that the achievements are sustainable in the long term. Finally, it looks beyond 2015 to likely changes in the immunization landscape. Part 2 describes over 20 vaccine-preventable diseases and reviews progress since 2000 in efforts to protect populations against these diseases through the use of vaccines.

Any way you look at it...vaccine quality is critical

This brochure illustrates the work carried out by the Quality, Safety and Standards Team of the WHO Department of Immunization, Vaccines and Biologicals. It includes sections on: generating the standards to which vaccines of assured quality and safety must comply; ensuring that all people of the world have access to the full range of quality vaccines; and effectively managing the vaccine safety concerns that can now cross the globe in minutes.

An introduction to the Global Immunization Vision and Strategy

This colorful WHO/UNICEF brochure captures the essence of GIVS which aims to protect more people against more diseases. Illustrated with photos and the brand new visual identity for GIVS, it describes achievements in immunization and the benefits of this key and cost-effective health intervention. Needs, challenges, the cost of immunization programmes and resource requirements are given. The document provides the four strategic areas of GIVS and immunization goals established therein.

WHO: working to ensure global quality, safety and standards in immunization

This short document provides a general overview of the work carried out by the Quality, Safety and Standards Team of the WHO Department of Immunization, Vaccines and Biologicals. It briefly outlines the changing regulatory environment required to keep pace with demand for the introduction of new vaccines. It includes sections on: setting norms and standards; assuring the quality of vaccines and immunization equipment; and monitoring, assessing and responding to vaccine safety issues of global concern. Information about the funding of this work is provided, as are links to sources of further information.

Global Immunization Vision and Strategy, 2006-2015

Developed jointly by WHO and UNICEF, the Global Immunization Vision and Strategy provides the framework for global immunization during the next 10 years. It aims to guide countries on how to immunize more people against more diseases; introduce newly available life-saving vaccines and technologies; and provide other critical health interventions, such as nutrition and malaria control, at immunization contacts.