World Immunization Week

World Immunization Week Quick Facts

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2022 DateApril 25, 2022
World Immunization Week

World Immunization Week History

World Immunization Week seeks to promote vaccines as an effective way to protect people against disease. This day aims to educate and inform the public about the benefits of vaccination. Vaccination can help protect against serious diseases like measles, polio, and covid-19. This day also aims to increase trust among the public. It hopes to build solidarity in vaccination as a public good that can save lives.

World Immunization Week was established in 2012 by the World Health Organization. It is observed annually during the last week of April.

World Immunization Week Facts & Quotes

  • The theme for World Immunization Week in 2020 was Vaccines Work for All.
  • In 2017, the number of children immunized was the highest ever reported, 116.2 million. Since 2010, 113 countries have introduced new vaccines, and more than 20 million additional children have been vaccinated.
  • Today, only 2 countries, Afghanistan and Pakistan, remain polio-endemic. In 1988, polio was endemic in 125 countries.
  • The Americas were the first region to eliminate congenital rubella syndrome as the Pan American Health Organization had successfully administered vaccines in the 1980s and early 2000s.
  • Vaccines are the tugboats of preventive health - William Foege, American epidemiologist who led the way to eradicating smallpox.

World Immunization Week Top Events and Things to Do

  • Get scheduled to get vaccinated. Being vaccinated can help ensure that you remain healthy and protected against disease.
  • Read more about how vaccines work from the World Health Organization.
  • Watch the documentary The Vaccine War by PBS. It explores the pros and cons of vaccines.

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