World Immunization Week 2016: Close the immunization gap

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Immunization game-changers should be the norm worldwide

21 April 2016 — Immunization averts 2 to 3 million deaths annually. However, an additional 1.5 million deaths could be avoided, if global vaccination coverage improves. Today, nearly 1 in 5 children worldwide are still missing routine immunizations for preventable diseases. During World Immunization Week 2016, WHO highlights recent gains in immunization coverage, and outlines further steps needed to meet global vaccination targets by 2020.

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Immunization for all throughout life

April 2016 — World Immunization Week 2016 is coming soon, 24-30 April, and will focus on “Closing the immunization gap – Immunization for all throughout life”. WHO has designed a campaign toolkit for partners and members of the global immunization community to use to help raise awareness locally. The toolkit contains banners, posters, key messages, a visual identity and campaign guidelines.

Leopold Museum lits up at night, Vienna, Austria

Austria: Measles in the spotlight

7 April 2016 — In Austria, where elimination of measles is tantalizingly close, a creative and innovative campaign seeks to encourage vaccination among unimmunized adults.

Mother with a child, Nepal.

World Immunization Week in Nepal: An anniversary of remembrance

April 2016 — In April 2015, a major earthquake struck Nepal. A year later, people in one village recall their struggles, in its aftermath, to keep their children safe through immunization.

Infographic: Six goals of the Global vaccine action plan

1. Immunization against diphtheria, tetanus
2. Measles mortality reduction
3. Rubella elimination
4. Maternal and neonatal tetanus elimination
5. Polio eradication
6. Use of new or underutilized vaccines

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115 millionIn 2014, 115 million infants worldwide received diphtheria-tetanus-pertussis vaccine.

Fact sheet on immunization coverage

85%In 2014, about 85% of the world’s children received one dose of measles vaccine by their first birthday.

Fact sheet on measles

2 countriesToday, only 2 countries (Afghanistan and Pakistan) remain polio-endemic, down from more than 125 in 1988.

Fact sheet on poliomyelitis


Immunization is one of the most successful and cost-effective means to help children grow into healthy adults. We have made enormous progress, but 1 in 5 children is still not being reached.


Quiz: How much do you know about immunization?

Find out which diseases can be prevented through vaccination, and which disease mainly affects children.

Immunization Week in Regions

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