WHO and its partners to the last week of April each year as World Immunization Week, aimed at raising public awareness on immunization how to save lives and encourage people around the world for themselves and their children vaccinated against deadly diseases.
This year’s April 24 to 30 World Immunization Week, the theme of the activity is “Bridging the Gap immunity: Everyone lifelong access to immunization services.” Emphasizing the need in the life course in adolescents and adults immunized, and is intended to draw the world’s attention, be sure to after living in situations of conflict or emergency situations to immunize vulnerable populations.
First, immunization could save millions of lives, is recognized as the most successful one of the most cost-effective health interventions of.
Immunization can prevent three million annual deaths, now is not only to protect children, such as the prevention of diphtheria, tetanus, polio and measles vaccine has been available for several years these diseases, but also against pneumonia and rotavirus diarrhea (for children under five the two biggest killers) a class of diseases.
In addition, thanks to the new complex vaccine, adolescents and adults can now be protected from influenza, meningitis and cancer (cervical cancer and liver cancer) for a class of life-threatening diseases.
Second, the vaccine hesitation: EPI growing challenge
Country people delay or refuse to themselves or their children vaccinated, immunity to look for opportunities to bridge the gap to bring a growing challenge. According to World Health Organization statistics, from a global perspective, every five children have not yet received a life-saving routine immunization, an estimated 1.5 million children each year due to existing vaccines that can be prevented by vaccination disease death. Vaccine hesitation not only in high-income countries, or the nature of a complex, rapidly changing and the difference between a huge global problem.