World Immunization Week, 24 - 30 April 2017

World Immunization Week, 24 - 30 April 2017

Posted on: 25 April 2017

Theme: #VaccinesWork

World Immunization Week – celebrated in the last week of April – aims to promote the use of vaccines to protect people of all ages against disease. Immunization saves millions of lives and is widely recognized as one of the world’s most successful and cost-effective health interventions. Today, there are still 19.4 million unvaccinated and under-vaccinated children in the world.

Vaccines prevented at least 10 million deaths between 2010 and 2015, and many millions more lives were protected from illness. The global push to end polio has reached its final stages, with just 3 remaining countries still working to eradicate this debilitating disease. The ambitious Global Vaccine Action Plan to reach everyone with vaccines by 2020 started strong but is falling behind. WHO challenges all health leaders to make immunization one of the biggest success stories of modern medicine.

Source: WHO

Related:

WHO World Immunization Day website

WHO European Immunization Week

Immunization Week in South-East Asia

African Vaccination Week

Vaccination week in the Americas

Immunization Week in the Eastern Mediterranean

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