Expanded programme on immunization

New 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) in its routine immunization program

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.

Measles-Rubella Bulletin

In 2005, the Regional Committee for the Western Pacific resolved by 2012 to eliminate measles.

In the Western Pacific Region, first dose coverage with measles containing vaccine increased from 85% in 2000 to 97% in 2013 and second dose coverage increased from an estimated 2% in 2000 to 92% in 2013. Reported measles cases in the region decreased by 82% from 2000 to 2013.

In March 2014, four countries and areas [Australia, Macao SAR (China), Mongolia and the Republic of Korea] were verified as having achieved interruption of endemic measles virus for a period of at least 36 months.

To read more visit the WER webpage or for the most recent data on measles and rubella in the region please refer to the Measles-Rubella Bulletin.

Four Western Pacific countries and areas are the first in their Region to be measles-free


SEOUL, 20 March 2014 – The World Health Organization Western Pacific Region celebrates a milestone today with the announcement of measles elimination by Australia, Macao (China), Mongolia and the Republic of Korea. They are the first countries or areas in the Region to receive this distinction. Measles kills approximately 330 people worldwide every day, mostly children under the age of five, making this a truly significant achievement as WHO Member States in the Western Pacific Region work towards the elimination of measles.

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