21 September 2017
Region of the Americas eliminates maternal and neonatal tetanus
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
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
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
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.
86%of infants worldwide vaccinated with 3 doses of DTP vaccine in 2016Immunization coverage fact sheet
1 in 10infants did not receive any vaccinations in 20162016 immunization coverage data
134 000deaths every year worldwideMeasles fact sheet