Immunization

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A cross section of the community members atteding the launch of the AVW in Juba
South Sudan launches the 8th Edition of the African vaccination week
South Sudan
Immunization partners launch week-long campaign across Africa
Immunization partners launch week-long campaign across Africa
A group photograph with delegates at the Breakfast meeting with Minister of State for Health, ED NPHCDA,  Development partners, Private sector, Business Community, philantropists & Civil societies
AFRICA VACCINATION WEEK; Prevention is Cheaper than Cure.
Nigeria
A child being vaccinated against rotavirus
New data from Africa allays fears of bowel obstruction from rotavirus vaccine

    Overview

    Immunization is the process whereby a person is made immune or resistant to an infectious disease, typically by the administration of a vaccine. Vaccines stimulate the body’s own immune system to protect the person against subsequent infection or disease.

    Immunization is one of the most successful and cost-effective public health interventions. It prevents deaths every year in all age groups from vaccine-preventable diseases.

    Vaccine-preventable diseases include cervical cancer, cholera, diphtheria, Hepatitis B, influenza, measles, mumps, pertussis, pneumonia, polio, rabies, rotavirus, rubella, tetanus, typhoid, yellow Fever.

    Immunization and Vaccines Development

    The Immunization and Vaccines Development Programme provides technical support to countries in the African Region in order to contribute to the reduction of disease, disability and death due to vaccine preventable diseases.

    Guide for Developing Immunization Policies (6.76 MB)

    Related Links

    Global Vaccine Action Plan 2011-2020

    Q&A on immunization and vaccine safety

    Q&A on why is vaccination important for addressing antibiotic resistance?

    African Vaccination Week

    The Addis Declaration on Immunization

    Multimedia

    Business case for WHO immunization activities on the African continent 2018-2030
    Vaccinating against cholera in Sierra Leone
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    African Vaccination Week 2016: Close the…