Immunization, Vaccines and Biologicals

Principles and considerations for adding a vaccine to a national immunization programme - From decision to implementation and monitoring

This document reviews the principles and issues to be considered when making decisions about and planning the introduction of a new vaccine into national immunization programs. The document also highlights ways to use the opportunity provided by the introduction of the new vaccine to strengthen immunization and health systems. For more detailed information about a specific vaccine or aspect of immunization, decision-makers and planners should consult vaccine-specific position papers, vaccine-specific introduction guidance and other tools developed by WHO, UNICEF and other partners. This resource document provides links to many of these references and tools.