World Immunization Week

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2018 Date:April 23, 2018
2019 Date:April 22, 2019

2018 Holidays & Dates

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 Week in 2017 was Vaccines work.
  • 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.

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