WORLD IMMUNIZATION WEEK
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Every year, last week of April is marked as the World Immunization Week.
- The aim of World Immunization Week is to promote the use of vaccines to protect people of all ages against disease.
- The week takes place from 24-30 April. Every year, millions of lives are saved thanks to immunization and it is recognized widely as one of the most successful and cost effective health interventions.
- However, nearly 20 million children are still unvaccinated and under-vaccinated worldwide.
- Theme of World Immunization Week 2020: Vaccines work for All
2020 campaign objectives:
- The main goal of the campaign is to urge greater engagement around immunization globally and the importance of vaccination in improving health and wellbeing of everyone, everywhere throughout life.
- As part of the 2020 campaign, WHO and partners aim to:
- Demonstrate the value of vaccines for the health of children, communities and the world.
- Show how routine immunization is the foundation for strong, resilient health systems and universal health coverage.
- Highlight the need to build on immunization progress while addressing gaps, including through increased investment in vaccines and immunization.
- Given that WHO has designated 2020 the International Year of the Nurse and the Midwife, WHO will highlight nurses and midwives for their crucial role as early vaccine champions for new parents and parents-to-be.
Links to note: Vaccine