Immunization Week in the Western Pacific

Western Pacific Region Immunization Week 2017, 24-30 April 2017

Vaccination is everyone's job, protect our children, protect our community

Despite the proven effectiveness of vaccines and the tens of millions of lives they have saved, an estimated 400 000 people die needlessly every year in the World Health Organization’s (WHO’s) Western Pacific Region from diseases that vaccines could prevent.

Vaccines save up to 3 million lives each year worldwide from infectious diseases, such as hepatitis, diphtheria, tetanus, pertussis (whooping cough), measles and polio. Still, nearly 2.3 million children in the Region each year are not fully immunized against these threats.

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 2017 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 2017


28 March 2017 -- World Immunization Week, which is held from 24-30 April 2017, aims to raise awareness about the critical importance of full immunization throughout life, and its role in achieving the 2030 Sustainable Development Goals.

Top stories

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5 countriesIn 2017 five countries in WPR are doing environmental surveillance for

Hepatitis B

7 million7 million deaths averted by hepatitis B immunization programmes between 1990 and 2014 in the Western Pacific Region

Haemophilus influenzae

25%By the end of 2015, 25% have received at least 3 doses of Hib vaccine in the Western Pacific Region

Campaign materials



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