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.
Vaccination is everyone's job, protect our children, protect our community
Despite the proven effectiveness of vaccines and the tens of millions of lives they have saved, an estimated 400 000 people die needlessly every year in the World Health Organization’s (WHO’s) Western Pacific Region from diseases that vaccines could prevent.
Vaccines save up to 3 million lives each year worldwide from infectious diseases, such as hepatitis, diphtheria, tetanus, pertussis (whooping cough), measles and polio. Still, nearly 2.3 million children in the Region each year are not fully immunized against these threats.
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.
Latest news and features
Sixth Meeting of Vaccine-Preventable Diseases Laboratory Networks in the Western Pacific Region
Strengthening Adverse Events Following Immunization (AEFI) surveillance system in Viet Nam: root cause analysis technique
Expert Consultation on Accelerated Control of Japanese Encephalitis in the Western Pacific Region
Upcoming meetings and events
Twenty-Third Meeting Of The Regional Commission For The Certification Of Poliomyelitis Eradication In The Western Pacific
Strategic Advisory Group of Experts on Immunization (SAGE) Meeting
Sixth Global Vaccine Safety Initiative (GVSI) Meeting
Seventh Meeting of the Vaccine-Preventable Diseases Laboratory Network in the Western Pacific Region
- WPR immunization coverage dashboard (HIIP)
- WPR Hepatitis B dashboard (HIIP)
- EPI articles on Western Pacific Surveillance and Response (WPSAR) Journal
- All HIIP Indicators by Source
- Immunization, vaccines and biologicals (IVB)
- Immunization surveillance, assessment and monitoring - data and statistics by subject