National Immunization Awareness Month
August is National Immunization Awareness Month! Below are some facts about immunizations.
- Immunizations prevent 2-3 million deaths per year.
- An additional 1.5 million deaths could be avoided if global immunization coverage improves.
- Immunizations are one of the most successful and cost-effective public health interventions.
- More children are getting their immunizations than ever before.
- In 2016, approximately 116.5 million (about 86%) children under the age of 1 received their diphtheria-tetanus-pertussis vaccine.
- About 19.5 million children did not receive their diphtheria-tetanus-pertussis vaccine.
- About 60% of these children live in Angola, Brazil, Dominican Republic of the Congo, Ethiopia, India, Indonesia, Iraq, Nigeria, Pakistan, and South Africa.
- Progress has been made in vaccination research and development.
- A new vaccine against dengue has been piloted in several countries.
- In 2018, three African countries will pilot a new malaria vaccine.
- Meningitis A epidemics nearly eliminated in Africa through immunizations.
- Meningitis A is a disease that causes severe brain damage and is deadly.
- Since the introduction of the vaccine, the meningitis A vaccine has been controlled and almost eliminated the disease from 26 African countries that are predominately referred to as the “meningitis belt”.
- Global measles mortality has decreased by 79%.
- This is a drop from approximately 651,600 deaths in 2000 to 134,200 deaths in 2015.
- Regions of the Americas have been declared measles free.
- In 2016, the Americas became the first region to be declared measles free.
- The world is closer to eradicating polio.
- In 2016, the virus was restricted to Pakistan, Afghanistan, and Nigeria.
- 2 of the 3 strains of polio have been eliminated.
- Maternal and neonatal tetanus have been eliminated in the South-East Asia Region.
- This region is the second of the six regions to eliminate maternal and neonatal tetanus.
- Vaccines serve as the frontline defense against antimicrobial resistance.
For more information, go to http://www.who.int/features/factfiles/immunization/en/
Information Courtesy of the WHO