Immunization, Vaccines and Biologicals

13 November 2015

Measles vaccination has saved about 17.1 million lives since 2000

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The number of measles-related deaths has dropped by 79% since 2000 ─ from 546 800 to 114 900 in 2014. New data estimates that 17.1 million lives have been saved since the beginning of the century, largely due to increased vaccination coverage against this highly contagious viral disease. However, overall progress towards increasing global immunization coverage has recently stagnated.

10 November 2015

Stunning success of vaccine in virtually ridding Africa of meningitis A

Five years after the introduction of an affordable conjugate meningitis A vaccine, immunization has led to the control and near elimination of deadly meningitis A disease in the African “meningitis belt.” In 2013, only four laboratory-confirmed cases of meningitis A were reported by the 26 countries in the meningitis belt.

23 October 2015

Recommendations on malaria vaccine use and date of global removal of type two oral polio vaccine

The SAGE meeting participants convene in the EB room at WHO

Following the WHO’s Strategic Advisory Group of Experts on Immunization (SAGE) meeting held in Geneva from 20-22 October, several key recommendations were made by the advisory group including the use of malaria vaccine and the globally synchronized switch from trivalent oral polio vaccine (tOPV) to bivalent OPV (bOPV).

14 October 2015

Vaccinations made friendly

Globally, 1 in 5 children still do not receive routine life-saving immunizations, and an estimated 1.5 million children die each year of diseases that could be prevented by vaccines that already exist. WHO recommends how to reduce the pain at the time of vaccination across all age groups.

Immunization news

fact buffet

Mortality reduction

79%drop in global measles deaths

Measles fact sheet


86%of infants vaccinated with 3 doses of DTP vaccine in 2014

Immunization coverage fact sheet

Incomplete vaccination

18.7 millioninfants still missing out on basic vaccines

2014 Global vaccination data


20 November 2015

Request for proposals: GAVI transition support consultant

11 November 2015

Request for proposals: country review of the second-year-of-life visit and development of a field guide

3 November 2015

2 November 2015