Expanded programme on immunization

Fifth meeting on VPD LabNet and poliovirus biorisk management training

Manila, 25-30 May 2015 - The Fifth Meeting on Vaccine-Preventable Diseases Laboratory Networks and Poliovirus Biorisk Management Training in the Western Pacific Region was held in Manila, the Philippines from 25 to 30 May 2015 to review the performance and identify the challenges of the polio and measles/rubella network laboratories in the Region and to hold a four-day training to implement biorisk management for laboratories holding wild and oral polio vaccine (OPV)/Sabin poliovirus materials.

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)

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