Expanded programme on immunization

Brunei Darussalam, Cambodia, Japan verified as achieving measles elimination

WHO/B. Bayutas

MACAO SAR (CHINA), 27 MARCH 2015 – Brunei Darussalam, Cambodia and Japan have been verified as having achieved measles elimination by the Measles Regional Verification Commission. The three countries join Australia, Macao SAR (China), Mongolia and the Republic of Korea as countries and areas in the Western Pacific Region that have successfully eliminated measles.

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.

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