Immunization, Vaccines and Biologicals

Greece extends vaccination to refugees and migrants

Childs drawing of a boat crossing the sea with migrants in it

Two vaccination campaigns for the refugee and migrant population in Greece will begin in early May 2016 to ensure that all those who require vaccination receive it.

Vaccination will be provided according to Greece's national immunization schedule.

Immunization highlights 2015

There is arguably no single preventive health intervention more cost-effective than immunization in saving lives and protecting people’s health.

A selection of the most notable immunization achievements and events in 2015 as a result of WHO’s involvement is featured here.

Vaccines: A global health success story

It’s no secret that vaccines are considered 1 of the greatest global health achievements. Every year they avert an estimated 2 to 3 million deaths.

During the last 2 centuries, vaccines have eradicated smallpox, reduced global child mortality rates and prevented countless birth defects and lifelong disabilities. But, the success story of vaccination is not yet finished.

Global switch in oral polio vaccines

Between 17 April and 1 May 2016, 155 countries and territories will stop using the trivalent oral polio vaccine (tOPV), which targets all three strains of wild poliovirus, and replace it with bivalent OPV (bOPV), which targets the remaining two wild polio strains, types 1 and 3.


Communication products

Key resources and other documentation pertinent to our immunization work

Fact sheets

Fact sheets with the latest information on vaccines and immunization

Immunization highlights

A selection of key immunization achievements

Multimedia

Feature stories, videos and photos on vaccines and immunization

News archive

Immunization newsroom stories featured over the last five years

News materials

All news releases, statements and notes for the media on immunization

Questions & Answers

A list of questions and answers on vaccine-preventable diseases