World Immunization Week, 24-30 April 2018

VaccinesWork - World Immunization Week 2018

#VaccinesWork Quiz

Does polio still exist? Is measles caused by a virus or a bacteria? How many children are still at risk of contracting diphtheria, tetanus and pertussis worldwide?

How much do you know about immunization and vaccine-preventable diseases? Test your knowledge in this interactive quiz.

A young girl is smiling as a doctor injects vaccine, in Bosnia and Herzegovina

Unveiling vaccine hesitancy in the Federation of Bosnia and Herzegovina

18 April 2018 -- Immunization rates in the Federation of Bosnia and Herzegovina are as low as 40% in some areas and continuing to decline putting the country at risk of large disease outbreaks. But, no one knows precisely why. Growing vaccine hesitancy, misinformation in social media, lack of trust in the health system, a shortage of health workers and supply issues are all suspected reasons for low coverage rates. However, these are mostly assumptions with little evidence.

English Slogan: Protected Together #VaccinesWork

Protected Together, #VaccinesWork

20 February 2018 -- World Immunization Week
– celebrated from 24-30 April 2018 – aims to highlight the collective action needed to ensure that every person is protected from vaccine-preventable diseases. This year’s theme: “Protected Together, #VaccinesWork”, encourages people at every level – from donors to the general public – to go further in their efforts to increase immunization coverage
for the greater good.

Campaign material from Stop HPV - stop livmoderhalskræft

Denmark campaign rebuilds confidence in HPV vaccination

28 February 2018 -- When Eigil Rosegar Poulsen first heard about the controversy over the human papilloma virus (HPV) vaccination in Denmark, he became quite upset. Still, the debate sparked a desire to share his story.

In 2010 Eigil lost his wife, Trine, to cervical cancer—a disease caused by the HPV virus—leaving him to raise their three daughters alone. Though the WHO-recommended vaccine against the most common types of the virus was only introduced in Denmark’s child vaccination schedule in 2009, far too late for his wife to benefit, Eigil is a strong advocate for vaccination.

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A girl, accompanied by her mother, receives counselling on HPV vaccination and prevention of cervical cancer in Seoul.

Cervical cancer prevention and control saves lives in the Republic of Korea

5 February 2018 -- Protecting young and old from vaccine-preventable diseases is a community-wide effort. Individuals across the world contribute in many different ways to this goal, and the World Immunization Week is an opportunity to celebrate their commitment and their efforts.

Korea Centers for Disease Control & Prevention
A health worker checks a woman's vaccination records and taking notes while the woman stands next to her with a baby in her arms.

With a deadly disease is eliminated, childbirth is safer in the Philippines

29 January 2018 -- Through the support from countless health workers and partners, the Philippines eliminated maternal and neonatal tetanus — a disease that can be prevented through hygienic birth practices and immunization — in November 2017. WHO defines elimination as achieving an incidence rate of less than 1 case of tetanus per 1000 live births in every district in the country.

Basilan Provincial Health Office

fact buffet

116.5 millionDuring 2016, 116.5 million infants worldwide received 3 doses of diphtheria-tetanus-pertussis vaccine, protecting them against infectious diseases that can cause serious illness and disability.

Fact sheet on immunization

84% drop In measles deaths between 2000 and 2016 worldwide, due to measles vaccination.

Fact sheet on measles

3 countriesPolio cases have decreased by over 99% since 1988. Today, only 3 countries (Afghanistan, Nigeria and Pakistan) remain polio-endemic, down from more than 125 in 1988.

Fact sheet on poliomyelitis


Stories from countries

Stories from countries on immunization

Protecting young and old from vaccine-preventable diseases is a community-wide effort. Individuals across the world contribute in many different ways to this goal. Read the stories about their efforts.

5 Facts about Immunization