Congo adds polio vaccine to immunization schedule

The Republic of Congo (DRC) is celebrating African Vaccination Week by introducing the Inactivated Polio Vaccine (IPV) into its routine immunization schedule.
“As long as a child somewhere is not protected against this crippling disease, every child is at risk,” Anuradha Gupta, deputy CEO of Gavi, the Vaccine Alliance, said.
The addition of the vaccine will benefit more than 2 million Congolese children every year.

This Infographic Proves Why We Need To Stop Believing Myths Related To Vaccinations

It's getting more and more difficult to justify the decision not to vaccinate a child.
In recognition of World Immunization Week from April 24-30, 2015, UNICEF created an infographic to point out how crucial vaccinations are in preventing diseases like polio, tetanus and measles.
Not only do they save lives, they save the world economy lots of money.

WHO asks India to close immunisation gap to avert death due to vaccine-preventable diseases

The WHO today asked countries like India to close the immunisation gap to avert 1.5 million deaths globally due to vaccine-preventable diseases.
"India is one of the countries for the size of its population (that has less than 80 per cent vaccine coverage). If (for example) you have 70 per cent coverage, for a place like India, (in terms) of absolute numbers, lot of children (will be unvaccinated)," Jean Marie Okwo-Bele, World Health Organization (WHO) Director of Immunisation, Vaccines and Biologicals said.

Polio: La campagne de vaccination démarre ce vendredi

Ceci s’inscrit dans le cadre du premier passage 2015 de la campagne nationale de vaccination contre cette maladie. Elle s’étendra jusqu’au 13 avril 2015, a fait savoir récemment Anzian Akpagni, chargé de surveillance épidémiologique à la Direction de la coordination  du programme élargie de vaccination (Dcpev).
Polio: La  campagne de vaccination démarre ce vendredi

Protection of vaccinators urged to eradicate polio

Experts agree that in order to successfully eradicate polio, vaccinators must be protected as they fulfill their duties, Global Health Council Executive Director Christine Sow said Monday in a blog posting.
Eradicating polio has become one of the most notable vaccine campaigns, Sow said. As of today, 99 percent of the world is free of polio, but three countries still have endemic polio outbreaks: Pakistan, Nigeria, and Afghanistan. These countries pose a health threat to neighboring nations, as the polio virus is carried across borders.

Global vaccination targets ‘off-track’ warns WHO

Progress towards global vaccination targets for 2015 is far off-track with 1 in 5 children still missing out on routine life-saving immunizations that could avert 1.5 million deaths each year from preventable diseases. In the lead-up to World Immunization Week 2015 (24–30 April), WHO is calling for renewed efforts to get progress back on course.

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Un objectif 100% vital et réalisable
1 enfant sur 5 dans le monde n’a toujours pas accès à la vaccination.
La polio n’est toujours pas éradiquée, le tétanos maternel et infantile pas complètement éliminé, et la rougeole continue de tuer.
Cette situation est d’autant plus inacceptable que la vaccination offre une protection efficace à peu de frais.

Immunisation – Un vaccin antipolio injectable bientôt

Le comité d’éradication mondiale de la polio introduira à Madagascar, le vaccin inactivé, en mai. Le financement durable de la vaccination reste inexistant.
Halte à la recrudescence du poliovirus! Le comité d’éradication mondiale de la polio prévoit d’introduire à Madagascar le vaccin antipoliomyélitique inactivé (VPI). Cette immunisation fera son entrée officielle durant la semaine de santé mère-enfant, combinée avec la semaine africaine de la vaccination du 11 au 15 mai, d’après le communiqué du Conseil du Gouver­nement de mardi.

Vaccination reminder band tipped to boost global child inoculation rates

Efforts to increase the number of children who are vaccinated against infectious diseases such as polio and measles have been boosted by the launch of a new ankle band that changes colour to remind parents when their child’s next vaccine shot should be given.
The band, announced by Pakistani researchers last week, is designed to alert parents when each round of vaccine is needed by sending “clear visual markers” over the first four months of a child’s life.

Keeping Iraq polio free: immunization campaign targets 5.8 million children

A 5-day nationwide polio immunization campaign targeting 5.8 million children under 5 years of age will begin in Iraq on Sunday 12 April. The campaign will be marked by launch events on 12 April in Baghdad, organized by the Ministry of Health, and on 13 April in Erbil organized by the Kurdistan regional Ministry of Health. Representatives of WHO and UNICEF will attend both events with Rotary International attending the launch in Erbil.