World Immunization Week History
World Immunization Week aims to promote vaccines as a way to protect people against diseases. Immunization saves millions of lives every year and are one of the most successful and cost-effective health interventions.
World Immunization Week is a World Health Organization observance. It is celebrated annually during the last week of April.
World Immunization Week Facts & Quotes
- The theme for World Immunization Day in 2016 was Close the Immunization Gap.
- In 2014, about 85% of the world's children received one dose of measles vaccine by their first birthday.
- Today, only 2 countries, Afghanistan and Pakistan, remain polio-endemic. In 1988, polio was endemic in 125 countries.
- The Americas are the first region to eliminate rubella dn congenital rubella syndrome.
Vaccines are the tugboats of preventive health. - William Foege, American epidemiologist who led the way to eradicate smallpox.
World Immunization Week Top Events and Things to Do