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.
Health Information and Intelligence Platform (HIIP) - Immunization coverage dashboard
With the help of colleagues from the Health Intelligence and Innovation (HII) unit, EPI has developed four online dashboards on the Health Information and Intelligence Platform (HIIP) portal. One of these dashboards shows immunization coverage data as reported through the annual WHO/UNICEF Joint Reporting Form (JRF) for Immunization.
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.
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.
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