State of the world's vaccines and immunization. Third edition
Key messages - Chapter 3
- From 2000 to 2007, intensified vaccination campaigns resulted in a 74% reduction in measles deaths globally.
- Polio has been eradicated in three of WHO’s six regions and is today endemic in only four countries – down from 125 countries in 1988.
- Integrating immunization with the delivery of other health interventions can boost immunization coverage and accelerate the achievement of MDG 4.
- Targeted immunization strategies for difficult-to-reach populations increase equity in access to vaccines.
- Weak health systems are a major constraint on the effectiveness of immunization programmes.
- Strong and effective leadership, and national ownership of immunization programmes, are key components of a successful national immunization programme.
- There is a need to foster increased public demand for vaccines.
- Disease surveillance and monitoring programmes need to be strengthened at all levels.
- False or unsubstantiated rumours about vaccine safety can undermine immunization programmes and cost lives.