World Immunization Week, 24-30 April 2018
Does polio still exist? Is measles caused by a virus or a bacteria? How many children are still at risk of contracting diphtheria, tetanus and pertussis worldwide?
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18 April 2018 -- Immunization rates in the Federation of Bosnia and Herzegovina are as low as 40% in some areas and continuing to decline putting the country at risk of large disease outbreaks. But, no one knows precisely why. Growing vaccine hesitancy, misinformation in social media, lack of trust in the health system, a shortage of health workers and supply issues are all suspected reasons for low coverage rates. However, these are mostly assumptions with little evidence.
20 February 2018 -- World Immunization Week
– celebrated from 24-30 April 2018 – aims to highlight the collective action needed to ensure that every person is protected from vaccine-preventable diseases. This year’s theme: “Protected Together, #VaccinesWork”, encourages people at every level – from donors to the general public – to go further in their efforts to increase immunization coverage
for the greater good.
28 February 2018 -- When Eigil Rosegar Poulsen first heard about the controversy over the human papilloma virus (HPV) vaccination in Denmark, he became quite upset. Still, the debate sparked a desire to share his story.
In 2010 Eigil lost his wife, Trine, to cervical cancer—a disease caused by the HPV virus—leaving him to raise their three daughters alone. Though the WHO-recommended vaccine against the most common types of the virus was only introduced in Denmark’s child vaccination schedule in 2009, far too late for his wife to benefit, Eigil is a strong advocate for vaccination.
5 February 2018 -- Protecting young and old from vaccine-preventable diseases is a community-wide effort. Individuals across the world contribute in many different ways to this goal, and the World Immunization Week is an opportunity to celebrate their commitment and their efforts.
With a deadly disease is eliminated, childbirth is safer in the Philippines
29 January 2018 -- Through the support from countless health workers and partners, the Philippines eliminated maternal and neonatal tetanus — a disease that can be prevented through hygienic birth practices and immunization — in November 2017. WHO defines elimination as achieving an incidence rate of less than 1 case of tetanus per 1000 live births in every district in the country.
116.5 millionDuring 2016, 116.5 million infants worldwide received 3 doses of diphtheria-tetanus-pertussis vaccine, protecting them against infectious diseases that can cause serious illness and disability.Fact sheet on immunization
84% drop In measles deaths between 2000 and 2016 worldwide, due to measles vaccination.
3 countriesPolio cases have decreased by over 99% since 1988. Today, only 3 countries (Afghanistan, Nigeria and Pakistan) remain polio-endemic, down from more than 125 in 1988.
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Stories from countries
- WHO’s work on immunization
- Global Vaccine Action Plan (GVAP)
2017 Assessment report of the GVAP by the Strategic Advisory Group of Experts on Immunization
GVAP Secretariat report 2017
- Immunization Data Portal
5 Facts about Immunization
Campaign around the world
- Africa: “Vaccines work, Do your part!”
- Americas: Strengthen your defense! #GetVax #VaccinesWork
- Europe: Prevent. Protect. Immunize.
- Western Pacific: #VaccinesWork