World Immunisation Week
World Immunisation Week begins today and ends on 30 April. The theme for 2019 is ‘Protected Together: Vaccines Work!’.
The campaign aims to promote vaccination to prevent many life-threatening and debilitating diseases.
Vaccination is recognised as one of the most effective and cost-effective preventative measures. Despite this, there are still around 20 million unvaccinated and under-vaccinated children worldwide.
Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) 1 (no poverty) and 3 (good health and well-being) rely on expanding the access to vaccinations and on willingness to vaccinate.
Vaccination also provides a point of contact between health workers and children and adolescents, an important factor in monitoring and promoting health.