Immunization, Vaccines and Biologicals

31 August 2015

Guinea ring vaccination trial extended to Sierra Leone to vaccinate contacts of new Ebola case

WHO team is organizing intensive response to the new Ebola case reported in Kambia, Sierra Leone, 31 August 2015
WHO/S. Gborie

Detection of a new case of Ebola virus disease in Kambia, Sierra Leone, after the country had marked almost 3 weeks of zero cases has set in motion the first "ring vaccination" use of the experimental Ebola vaccine in Sierra Leone.

The source of Ebola virus transmission is being investigated and all the people who may have been in contact with the infected person are being traced.

28 August 2015

WHO issues updated pertussis vaccine position paper

In an updated position paper published in today’s edition of the Weekly Epidemiological Record, WHO revised its guidance on the choice of pertussis vaccine and incorporated recent evidence on the use of additional strategies, particularly on vaccination during pregnancy, to prevent early infant mortality.

27 August 2015

India eliminates maternal and neonatal tetanus

India has achieved another momentous public health feat – the elimination of maternal and neonatal tetanus (MNT). This success comes a year after India eradicated polio.

With India’s achievement, almost the entire WHO South-East Asia Region, barring a few districts in Indonesia, has now eliminated MNT.

18 August 2015

Vaccine hesitancy: A growing challenge for immunization programmes

EPA/C.J. Gunther

People who delay or refuse vaccines for themselves or their children are presenting a growing challenge for countries seeking to close the immunization gap. Globally, 1 in 5 children still do not receive routine life-saving immunizations, and an estimated 1.5 million children still die each year of diseases that could be prevented by vaccines that already exist, according to WHO.

Immunization news

fact buffet

Mortality reduction

75%drop in global measles deaths

Global progress towards regional measles elimination
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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

Global routine vaccination coverage 2013
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11 August 2015

Call for Nominations: Recognized immunization experts solicited for Immunization Practices Advisory Committee (IPAC)

6 August 2015

Call for proposals: Evaluation of vaccine manufacturers’ perceptions regarding Controlled Temperature Chain (CTC)

3 August 2015

30 July 2015

Global Immunization Meeting: “Protect, Innovate, Accelerate”

27 July 2015

Call for consultant - MIC Strategy Fundraising Advisor, Policies & Strategies Group