Immunization, Vaccines and Biologicals

21 September 2017

Region of the Americas eliminates maternal and neonatal tetanus

A woman recives a vaccination

The Region of the Americas has eliminated maternal and neonatal tetanus (MNT), a disease that used to be responsible for the deaths of more than 10 000 newborns every year in the Americas.

The elimination of the disease was declared this year in Haiti. MNT is the sixth vaccine-preventable disease to be eliminated from the Americas.

11 September 2017

New collaboration to advance maternal immunization

A mother smiles while carrying her young child

A newly launched Advancing Maternal Immunization (AMI) collaboration is bringing together stakeholders from around the world to improve infant health and survival through maternal immunization, particularly in low- and middle-income countries.

The collaboration is meeting an urgent need for pregnant mothers to be able to protect their babies from infectious diseases by getting vaccinated themselves.

29 August 2017

WHO issues updated cholera vaccines position paper

In an updated position paper on cholera vaccines published in the August edition of the Weekly Epidemiological Record, WHO incorporates recent developments in the field of cholera and provides revised guidance on the target populations for immunization.

Cholera is a rapidly dehydrating diarrhoeal disease and is spread mainly by faecal contamination of water and food and is closely linked to poor sanitation and lack of clean drinking water.

28 August 2017

New WHO data on immunization coverage estimates on hepatitis B infections

A healthcare worker in Viet Nam with a newborn infant
WHO/P. Blanc

A new data dashboard has been published by WHO that provides estimates of hepatitis B infections at the global regional and country levels and shows how the data has changed since hepatitis B vaccination was introduced.

The data provides the best estimates on hepatitis B infections in the 194 WHO Member States and aims to facilitate the comparability across countries and over time.

Immunization news

fact buffet

Global coverage

86%of infants worldwide vaccinated with 3 doses of DTP vaccine in 2016

Immunization coverage fact sheet


1 in 10infants did not receive any vaccinations in 2016

2016 immunization coverage data
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Measles mortality

134 000deaths every year worldwide

Measles fact sheet