In an updated position paper published in today’s edition of the Weekly Epidemiological Record, WHO revised its guidance on the choice of pertussis vaccine and incorporated recent evidence on the use of additional strategies, particularly on vaccination during pregnancy, to prevent early infant mortality.
India eliminates maternal and neonatal tetanus
India has achieved another momentous public health feat – the elimination of maternal and neonatal tetanus (MNT). This success comes a year after India eradicated polio.
With India’s achievement, almost the entire WHO South-East Asia Region, barring a few districts in Indonesia, has now eliminated MNT.
People who delay or refuse vaccines for themselves or their children are presenting a growing challenge for countries seeking to close the immunization gap. Globally, 1 in 5 children still do not receive routine life-saving immunizations, and an estimated 1.5 million children still die each year of diseases that could be prevented by vaccines that already exist, according to WHO.
Home-based vaccination records play an important role in documenting immunization services received by individuals. But these tools are too often underutilized.
As such, WHO has developed a practical guide to provide direction to immunization programme managers and other national health programmes on how to improve the use and design of home-based records.
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18.7 millioninfants still missing out on basic vaccinesGlobal routine vaccination coverage 2013