Principles and considerations for adding a vaccine to a national immunization programme

April 2014 -- This document reviews the principles and issues to consider when making decisions about, planning, and implementing the introduction of a vaccine into a national immunization programme. Importantly, it highlights ways to use the opportunity provided by the vaccine introduction to strengthen immunization and health systems.

Key WHO publications

  • The World Health Report
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  • International Pharmacopoeia
    Collection of quality specifications for pharmaceutical substances and dosage forms, for reference or adaptation by WHO Member States.


WHO guidelines

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