World Immunization week is celebrated annually during the last week of April.
World Immunization Week is aims to raise awareness and increase rates of immunization against vaccine-preventable diseases around the world. Immunization saves millions of lives every year and are one of the most successful and cost-effective interventions. It takes place each year during last week of April. The theme for this year's World Immunization Week is "Protected Together, #VaccinesWork". The theme is meant to encourage people at every level, starting from donors to the general public, to maximize their efforts for increasing immunization for people's health and well-being on a larger scale.
Immunization can protect against 25 different infectious agents or diseases, from infancy to old age, including diphtheria, measles, pertussis, polio and tetanus. The World Health estimates active immunization currently averts 2 to 3 million deaths every year. However 22.6 million infants worldwide are still missing out on basic vaccines, mostly in developing countries.
The main goal of the campaign is to raise awareness about the critical importance of full immunization throughout life
As part of the 2019 campaign, WHO and partners aim to:
For more information visit: https://www.who.int/campaigns/world-immunization-week/world-immunization-week-2019