Western Pacific Region Immunization Week 2016, 18 April - 1 May 2016
Immunization prevents an estimated 2 to 3 million deaths every year from diphtheria, measles, pertussis (whooping cough), and tetanus. WHO's Western Pacific Region shows a coverage (the proportion of the children who receive the specific vaccines) for diphtheria, measles, pertussis and tetanus above 95%, the target set by the region in the Regional Framework for implementing the Global Vaccine Action Plan, which was endorsed by the Regional Committee in October 2014.
Immunization is one of the most successful and cost-effective health interventions and prevents between two and three million deaths every year globally. Immunization protects against diseases such as diphtheria, measles, pertussis (whooping cough), pneumonia, polio, rotavirus diarrhoea, rubella and tetanus. The benefits of immunization are increasingly being extended from infants to children, adolescents, adults, and older adults providing protection against life-threatening diseases such as influenza, meningitis, and cancer (cervical and liver).
Several materials are available for download - for countries who wish to make customized posters, announcements, etc. We will be uploading even more materials in the coming days leading to Immunization Week.
World Immunization Week 2016
April 2016 - World Immunization Week – celebrated in the last week of April – aims to promote the use of vaccines to protect people of all ages against disease. Immunization saves millions of lives and is widely recognized as one of the world’s most successful and cost-effective health interventions.
Other links and resources
Expanded Programme on Immunization
Regional Office for the Western Pacific
World Health Organization
P.O. Box 2932
Tel. no. (+63 2) 5288001
Fax no. (+63 2) 5211036, 5260279