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World Immunization Week 2017

World Immunization Week 2017, a global public health campaign to raise awareness and increase rates of immunization against vaccine-preventable diseases around the world, takes place between 24th-30th April.

The theme this year is #VaccinesWork.

Immunization can protect against 25 different infectious agents or diseases, from infancy to old age, including diphtheria, measles, pertussis, polio and tetanus. They avert an estimated 2 to 3 million deaths every year from diphtheria, tetanus, pertussis (whooping cough), and measles; however, an additional 1.5 million deaths could be avoided if global vaccination coverage improves according to the World Health Organization (WHO). Global vaccination coverage, the proportion of the world’s children who receive recommended vaccines, has remained steady for the past few years.

During 2015, about 86% (116 million) of infants worldwide received 3 doses of diphtheria-tetanus-pertussis (DTP3) vaccine, protecting them against infectious diseases that can cause serious illness and disability or be fatal. By 2015, 126 countries had reached at least 90% coverage of DTP3 vaccine. However 22.6 million infants worldwide are still missing out on basic vaccines, mostly in developing countries. Inadequate immunization coverage rates often result from limited resources, competing health priorities, poor management of health systems and inadequate surveillance.

The World Health Organization is working with countries and partners to improve global vaccination coverage, including through these initiatives adopted by the World Health Assembly in May 2012.

For more information, please click here: World Immunization Week 2017

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