Immunization, Vaccines and Biologicals

World Immunization Week 2012

Quick facts

  • Immunization prevents between 2 and 3 million deaths every year in all age groups from diphtheria, tetanus, pertussis (whooping cough), measles, mumps and rubella.
  • More children are being reached with immunization. In 2010, an estimated 109 million children under the age of one were vaccinated with three doses of diphtheria-tetanus- pertussis vaccine.
  • About 19.3 million infants did not receive the basic vaccine against diphtheria-tetanus-pertussis in 2010. Nearly seventy percent of these children live in ten countries: Afghanistan, Democratic Republic of the Congo, Ethiopia, India, Indonesia, Iraq, Nigeria, Pakistan, South Africa and Uganda.
  • An estimated 1.7 million children died from vaccine-preventable diseases in 2008 before reaching their fifth birthday.
  • Due to polio eradication efforts, over 8 million people are walking today who would otherwise be paralysed, and the incidence of polio has declined by 99.8%. The completion of polio eradication will save an estimated US$ 50 billion by 2035, most of it in developing countries.

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