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Measles: know the risks, check your status, protect yourself

22 April 2014 -- Measles is a highly contagious, serious disease caused by a virus. In 1980, before widespread vaccination, measles caused an estimated 2.6 million deaths each year. It remains one of the leading causes of death among young children globally, despite the availability of a safe and effective vaccine. This fact file examines measles within the context of World Immunization Week (24-30 April) and this year’s slogan: "Immunize for a healthy future: Know, Check, Protect".

World Immunization Week 2014: Know, Check, Protect

17 April 2014 -- Immunize for a healthy future: Know, Check, Protect. This is the message of this year’s World Immunization Week, on 24-30 April. This short video encourages you to ask your local health clinic which vaccines you need, check whether your vaccinations are up-to-date, and to get the vaccines you need, when you need them.

World Immunization Week 2014: pick your poster, spread the word

World Immunization Week 2014 poster
WHO

24 March 2014 -- Immunization protects against an increasing number of diseases, from infancy to old age. With the slogan “Immunize for a healthy future: Know, Check, Protect” for this year’s World Immunization Week, we encourage you to check whether you and your family are up-to-date with the vaccines you need. Help us spread the word by choosing one or more posters from our online, multilingual toolbox. Print, post in your office, school, or health-care centre, and share on social media to make this year’s campaign truly global.

World Immunization Week 2014: Are you up-to-date?

WHO/C. McNab

Immunization prevents between 2 and 3 million deaths every year. Without vaccines, global eradication of smallpox and elimination of poliomyelitis and measles from large parts of the world would have been impossible. New, improved vaccines are now available to protect not just children, but also adolescents and adults. Yet 1 in 5 children, and many adults, are missing out. A lack of knowledge about vaccination is a key reason why some adults consciously choose not to get vaccinated themselves or to vaccinate their children.

For this year’s Immunization Week campaign, on 24-30 April, we encourage people around the world to find out what vaccines are available, check their vaccination status, and get the vaccines they need.

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Immunization Week around the world

  • Africa
    22-27 April
    Vaccination - a shared responsibility
  • Americas
    26 April–3 May
    Vaccination: Your best shot
  • Eastern Mediterranean
    24-30 April
    Are you up-to-date?
  • Europe
    22-26 April
    Immunization for life
  • Western Pacific
    21-27 April
    Stop hepatitis B and liver cancer. Vaccinate at birth

Countdown to World Immunization Week