MANILA, 12-15 September 2016 - The Sixth Meeting on Vaccine-Preventable Diseases Laboratory Networks in the Western Pacific Region was held in Manila, Philippines from 12 to 15 September 2016 to review the performance and identify the challenges of the polio and measles and rubella network laboratories in the Region. The meeting reviewed ways to further strengthen the performance of network laboratories and also to monitor the implementation of recommendations from the fifth vaccine-preventable diseases laboratory networks meeting in May 2015.
HONG KONG, 22 June 2016 - New data shows that hepatitis B vaccination across the Western Pacific has averted 7 million deaths1 that would have occurred among children born between 1990 and 2014. This signifies a tremendous public health achievement for the Region.
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.
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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