Expanded programme on immunization

7 Million Deaths Averted through Hepatitis B Vaccination

WHO/Y. Shimizu

HONG KONG, 22 June 2016 - New data shows that hepatitis B vaccination across the Western Pacific has averted 7 million deaths1 that would have occurred among children born between 1990 and 2014. This signifies a tremendous public health achievement for the Region.

The Western Pacific Region takes part in a global switch to a new polio vaccine

WHO/S. Gurung

MANILA, 5 May 2016 - In the largest synchronized event in the history of vaccines, 155 countries and areas have simultaneously participated in the switch to a new oral polio vaccine (OPV) between 17 April and 1 May. 16 Member States in the Western Pacific Region successfully made the switch.

Immunization dashboards

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.

Philippines introduces supplemental Inactivated Polio Vaccine (IPV)

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.

Contact information

Expanded Programme on Immunization
Regional Office for the Western Pacific
World Health Organization
P.O. Box 2932
1000 Manila
Tel. no. (+63 2) 5288001
Fax no. (+63 2) 5211036, 5260279