Western Pacific Region Immunization Week 2018, 24-30 April 2018
"Protected together, #Vaccines work"
World Immunization Week, celebrated also in Western Pacific Region from 24–30 April 2018, aims to highlight that immunization is a powerful tool to protect us against vaccine-preventable diseases. Great progress has been already made in the Western Pacific Region (WPR): together, through immunization, we eliminated poliomyelitis from all WPR countries, we eliminated measles in eight countries, and we eliminated hepatitis B among children in 19 countries.
Everyday, children around the world are threatened by potentially deadly diseases. You can protect them from disease by vaccinating! Vaccines protect our children and communities from disease.
5 facts you need to know about vaccines
1. Vaccines are safe and effective
2. Vaccines prevent deadly illnesses
3. Vaccines provide better immunity than natural infections
4. Combined vaccines are safe and beneficial
5. If we stop vaccination diseases will return
23 millionChildren in Western Pacific Region are protected every year against diseases that can be prevented through vaccination. But almost 1 million children are miss out on immunization, leaving them at increased risk of serious diseases and death.Fact sheet on immunization
19 countriesin Western Pacific Region succeeded to reduce hepatitis B infection to less 1% among young children thanks to vaccination at birth and during first year of age.Fact sheet on Hepatitis B
93% dropin measles cases in Western Pacific Region between 2008 and 2017, due to measles vaccination. Vaccination has to continue to stop measles from BOUNCING BACK.Fact sheet on Measles
Stories in the region
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