Immunization Week in the Western Pacific

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.

About the immunization programme

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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).

Immunization Week 2016 downloads

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.

Top stories

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16 countries16 countries from the Western Pacific are switching from trivalent to bivalent oral polio vaccine.

Japanese encephalitis

4 millionIn March 2016, 4 million children in Cambodia were vaccinated in a nationwide campaign against JE.

Hepatitis B

92%In 2014, 92% of infants have received at least 3 doses of hepatitis B vaccine in the Region.

Campaign materials

Other links and resources

Contact Information

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