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Vaccines are protecting more children than ever, but millions still miss out on routine immunizations – UN

Vaccines are protecting more children than ever, but millions still miss out on routine immunizations – UN

According to UNICEF, vaccines are protecting more children but there is more need to be done. Countries have to be proactive as more than 1 million still die every year from vaccine preventable disease.

Highlights:

  • In 2016, approximately one-fourth of deaths among children under five were from pneumonia, diarrhoea and measles, and could have been mostly prevented by vaccines.
  • Also troubling is that more than19 million children round the world miss routine vaccinations, including 13 million who have never been inoculated.
  • Two-thirds of unvaccinated children live in fragile or conflict-affected countries.
  • According to UNICEF, in 2016 vaccine-preventable diseases were responsible for about a quarter of an estimated 1.4 million deaths among those under age five – with Nigeria, India, Pakistan, Indonesia, Ethiopia and the Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC) accounting for half of the world’s unimmunized children. 
  • Sudan, Philippines, Mexico and Vietnam were among those driving most of this decade’s immunization coverage gains. Moreover, the number of unvaccinated children in India dropped from 5.3 million in 2010 to 2.9 million in 2016.
  • The top 10 countries where vaccination coverage has increased between 2010 and 2016 are Palau, Malta, DRC, Comoros, Azerbaijan, Ethiopia, Timor-Leste, Barbados, Costa Rica and India.
  • Additionally, thanks to vaccines, maternal and neonatal tetanus have been eliminated in all but 15 countries – with Ethiopia, Haiti and Philippines having eradicated the disease just last year. 

World Immunization Week (24 -30 April)

It was first started in 2012 with participation of more than 180 countries.

World Immunization Week is observed every year to encourage donors, doctors and individuals for greater action on immunization around the world. This week also highlights the importance of investing in immunization efforts and why one must urge vaccination progress.

2018 theme — ‘Protected Together, Vaccines Work’.

What is Immunization?

Immunization is the process by which a person is made immune or resistant to an infectious disease through the use of a vaccine. It stimulates the body’s own immune system to protect the person against subsequent infection or any kind of disease.

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