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World Immunisation Week April 24 – 30

Saturday, April 1st, 2017

Between April 24th to April 30th is World Immunisation Week.

During this week the vital importance of vaccines as a powerful deterrent in disease control is highlighted. The impact of vaccines in reducing the spread of diseases globally has been one of the most effective methods of improving quality of life for millions of people.

As a health intervention strategy it is one of the most cost effective methods. Globally more needs to be done to increase awareness and implement vaccination schedules. Diseases such as measles and rubella have been targeted for elimination, yet are behind schedule and in some parts of the developed world, have reemerged.

Due to under vaccination in children (19.4 million) around the world, more must be done to implement the universal access to immunisation that is part of the Global Vaccine Action Plan (GVAP).

As part of the 2017 campaign, WHO and partners aim to:

* Highlight the importance of immunisation as a top global health investment priority.
* Promote the action steps required to achieve the Global Vaccine Action Plan.
* Showcase immunisation’s role in sustainable development and global health security.

Immunisation – Critical in Improving Global Health

Ensuring that immunisation is made available to people globally will require a sustained and strategic effort involving many countries and pooled resources.

Vaccines are a vital pillar in establishing immunity to preventable diseases particularly in childhood. It begins a plan of care that spans various growth and developmental milestones and gives children the best foundation in being and remaining healthy through to adulthood.

Other priorities relating to immunisation include the control of viral hepatitis, curbing antimicrobial resistance, the provision for adolescent health care and improving antenatal and care of newborns.

Overall our ability to travel is faster now than in any other time in history. Vaccines whether we are travelling or not can give you the added security of avoiding infection particularly from people that arrive or travel to countries that may not be as vigilant in isolating diseases and treating them through vaccination programs.

For more information about World Immunisation Week go to:

http://www.who.int/campaigns/immunization-week/2017/event/en/

Or to read more about Q & A about Immunisation and Vaccine Safety click the link below

http://www.who.int/features/qa/84/en/