Seventh meeting of VPD labnet in the Western Pacific Region
Manila, 26-30 September 2017- The Seventh Meeting on
Vaccine-Preventable Diseases Laboratory Networks
in the Western Pacific Region was held in Manila, Philippines
from 26-30 September 2017, to review the performance and
identify the challenges of the poliovirus and measles and
rubella network laboratories in the Region. The meeting
reviewed ways to further strengthen the performance of
network laboratories and also to monitor the implementation
of recommendations from the Sixth Vaccine-
Preventable Diseases Laboratory Networks meeting in
29 June, 2017 - Baby Joy looks around the room with bright, curious eyes, closely watching the nurse as she pulls on her white latex gloves. Joy is 17 weeks old, and that means she is overdue to receive four different vaccinations, as per Solomon Islands’ routine immunization schedule. Unfortunately, many children are like Joy: they receive their vaccinations late. In fact, over 25% do not receive the full schedule at all.
The Expanded Programme on Immunization (EPI) introduces four interactive dashboards showing routine and surveillance immunization data. This work has been realised with the assistance of our colleagues from the Health Intelligence and Innovation (HII) unit.
Most current analytics are now available from these dashboards for Routine coverage, Measles and Polio surveillance and Hepatitis B.
The Philippines announced on 6 October 2014, the introduction of a supplemental dose of the injectable inactivated polio vaccine (IPV) into its routine immunization programme. The launch for the National Capital Region (NCR) took place on 6 October 2014 in the city of Paranaque, part of Manila’s metropolitan area and will gradually expand nationwide.
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