Sponsored by the World Health Organization (WHO), World Immunization Week (April 24-30) isa global public health campaign designed to raise awareness about the critical importance of immunization throughout the world. Vaccines can protect people – children and adults – from over 20 infectious diseases. The goal of World Immunization Week is to increase immunizations against vaccine-preventable diseases, including diphtheria, tetanus, pertussis (“whooping cough”), measles, polio, and meningitis A.
- Immunization prevents illness, disability and death from vaccine-preventable diseases including cervical cancer, diphtheria, hepatitis B, measles, mumps, pertussis (whooping cough), pneumonia, polio, rotavirus diarrhoea, rubella and tetanus.
- Global vaccination coverage is generally holding steady.
- Uptake of new and underused vaccines is increasing.
- Immunization currently averts an estimated 2 to 3 million deaths every year.
- Roughly 18.7 million infants worldwide are still missing out on basic vaccines