Expanded programme on immunization

Let's talk about it: improving immunization coverage in the Solomon Islands

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.

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.

Immunization Week in the Western Pacific Region

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.

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.

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Contact information

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