WHO global health days

Never miss another jab

As more and more people are won over by the user-friendly convenience of smart phones, their appetite for “apps” is growing by the day
WHO/F. K. Vorting

25 April 2014 -- Immunization prevents an estimated 2-3 million deaths every year. Yet 1 in 5 children still misses out. As working parents, there is often so much to juggle at home and professionally that it is all too easy for vaccinations to fall off of the ‘to do’ list. WHO has helped develop a new app that contains information on vaccines, the diseases they prevent and the immunization schedule of the country.

Measles: know the risks, check your status, protect yourself

22 April 2014 -- Measles is a highly contagious, serious disease caused by a virus. In 1980, before widespread vaccination, measles caused an estimated 2.6 million deaths each year. It remains one of the leading causes of death among young children globally, despite the availability of a safe and effective vaccine. This fact file examines measles within the context of World Immunization Week (24-30 April) and this year’s slogan: "Immunize for a healthy future: Know, Check, Protect".

World Immunization Week 2014: Know, Check, Protect

17 April 2014 -- Immunize for a healthy future: Know, Check, Protect. This is the message of this year’s World Immunization Week, on 24-30 April. This short video encourages you to ask your local health clinic which vaccines you need, check whether your vaccinations are up-to-date, and to get the vaccines you need, when you need them.

World Immunization Week 2014: pick your poster, spread the word

World Immunization Week 2014 poster

24 March 2014 -- Immunization protects against an increasing number of diseases, from infancy to old age. With the slogan “Immunize for a healthy future: Know, Check, Protect” for this year’s World Immunization Week, we encourage you to check whether you and your family are up-to-date with the vaccines you need. Help us spread the word by choosing one or more posters from our online, multilingual toolbox. Print, post in your office, school, or health-care centre, and share on social media to make this year’s campaign truly global.

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Immunization Week around the world

  • Africa
    22-27 April
    Vaccination - a shared responsibility
  • Americas
    26 April–3 May
    Vaccination: Your best shot
  • Eastern Mediterranean
    24-30 April
    Are you up-to-date?
  • Europe
    22-26 April
    Immunization for life
  • Western Pacific
    21-27 April
    Stop hepatitis B and liver cancer. Vaccinate at birth