World Immunization Week 2017 #VaccinesWork

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The last week of April each year is marked by WHO and partners as World Immunization Week. It aims to accelerate action to increase awareness and demand for immunization and improve vaccination delivery services so that people everywhere can be protected against deadly diseases.

In 2016, under the global slogan “Close the immunization gap”, the campaign focused on immunization for all throughout life. .More than 180 countries, territories and areas marked the week with activities including vaccination campaigns, training workshops, round-table discussions and public information campaigns. The theme for World Immunization Week 2017 is #VaccinesWork.

Theme: #VaccinesWork

World Immunization Week – celebrated in the last week of April – aims to promote the use of vaccines to protect people of all ages against disease. Immunization saves millions of lives and is widely recognized as one of the world’s most successful and cost-effective health interventions. Today, there are still 19.4 million unvaccinated and under-vaccinated children in the world.

#VaccinesWork to save lives
#VaccinesWork to fight diseases
#VaccinesWork to leave no one behind
#VaccinesWork to build a secure world 
#VaccinesWork. Let’s get to work

2017 Campaign objectives


The main goal of the campaign is to raise awareness about the critical importance of full immunization throughout life, and its role in achieving the 2030 Sustainable Development Goals.
As part of the 2017 campaign, WHO and partners aim to:



    • Immunization prevents illness, disability and death from vaccine-preventable diseases including cervical cancer, diphtheria, hepatitis B, measles, mumps, pertussis (whooping cough), pneumonia, polio, rotavirus diarrhoea, rubella and tetanus.
    • Highlight the importance of immunization as a top global health investment priority.
    • Promote understanding of the action steps required to achieve the Global Vaccine Action Plan.
    • Showcase immunization’s role in sustainable development and global health security.

      Why immunization matters now more than ever:
      Expanding access to immunization is crucial to achieving the Sustainable Development Goals. Routine immunization is a building block of strong primary health care and universal health coverage—it provides a point of contact for health care at the beginning of life and offers every child the chance at a healthy life from the start.
      Immunization is also a fundamental strategy in achieving other health priorities, from controlling viral hepatitis, to curbing antimicrobial resistance, to providing a platform for adolescent health and improving antenatal and newborn care.


      Key facts
      Global vaccination coverage is generally holding steady.
      Uptake of new and underused vaccines is increasing.
      Immunization currently averts an estimated 2 to 3 million deaths every year. An additional 1.5 million deaths could be avoided, however, if global vaccination coverage improves.
      An estimated 19.4 million infants worldwide are still missing out on basic vaccines.

      NEPAL (NDHS 2016): 
      • 78% of children have received all basic vaccinations, and 38% have received all age-appropriate vaccinations.
      • Ninety-eight percent of children have received BCG.
      • 97% have received the first dose of pentavalent, and 98% have received polio 1.
      • Eighty-six percent and 88% of children have received the third doses of the pentavalent and polio vaccines, respectively.
      • Coverage of vaccination against measles rubella is 90%.
      • One percent of children in Nepal have not received any vaccinations.
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