Immunization Week in the Western Pacific

Western Pacific Region Immunization Week 2018, 24-30 April 2018


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.

Vaccines work!

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

fact buffet

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.

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