Around 19.4 million
children are unvaccinated or under-vaccinated in the world. The theme for this
year's World Immunization Week is #VaccinesWork.
‘The theme for this year’s World Immunization Week is #VaccinesWork. The week aims to promote the use of vaccines to protect people of all ages from various diseases.’
recognized and it is undoubtedly one of the world's most successful and
cost-effective health interventions. About 3 million deaths can be prevented
annually by immunizations.
Objectives of 2017 World
The World Health
Organization (WHO) along with its partners aims to raise awareness on the
critical importance of full immunization throughout life.
Halfway Point in the
Global Vaccine Action Plan (GVAP) 2011-2020
- To highlight the importance of
immunization as a top priority in global health
- To promote the understanding of the action
steps needed to achieve the Global Vaccine Action Plan
exhibit the role of immunization in sustainable development and global health
The Global Vaccine
Action Plan (GVAP) is endorsed by around 194 Member States of the World Health
Assembly in May 2012.
The main aim of the plan
is to create a framework for preventing millions of deaths by
2020. This can be achieved by creating more equitable access to create vaccines
for people in all communities.
2017 marks the halfway
point in the decade of vaccines. The improvements in the individual countries
had a strong global rate of new vaccine introductions along with targets for
disease elimination which may include measles, rubella, maternal and neonatal
The countries may make
efforts to reach the GVAP goals by 2020. And those countries which had achieved
the goals must work to sustain the efforts over time.
suffering and death associated with diseases like pneumonia, diarrhea, whooping
cough, measles and polio. Access to immunization is also crucial to achieving
the sustainable development goals. The routine immunization is a building block
of strong primary healthcare and universal healthcare coverage. This may
provide a point of contact for healthcare and may offer the child a healthy
life from the very beginning.
rates could protect a wider community which includes
Vaccines to Build A
- Infants who are too young to
receive the vaccines
- Older adults who are at a risk of
- People who take medications which could
lower their immune systems
Vaccines may help to
provide a healthy childhood and a fulfilling adulthood. The World Immunization
Week will witness the organization of thousands of events and activities around
The World Health
has also created a network of validated vaccine safety
websites called Vaccine Safety Net, which provides accurate and reliable
information about vaccines.
- World Immunization Week, 24-30 April 2017
- World Immunization Week - (http://www.who.int/life-course/news/events/world-immunization-week-2017/en/)
- World Immunization Week 2017:
#VaccinesWork - (http://www.emro.who.int/media/news/world-immunization-week-2017-vaccineswork.html)