Immunization

    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

    Featured news

    Burundi launches ebola vaccination campaign for health and front-line workers
     | News release
    Burundi launches ebola vaccination campaign for health and front-line workers
    Renewed impetus to achieve universal access to immunization by 2030
     | News release
    Renewed impetus to achieve universal access to immunization by 2030
    Directeur de Cabinet du Ministère de Santé, Monsieur Emmanuel Sorgho, is receiving a kit from the Burkina Faso WR Dr. Alimata J. Diarra-Nama.
     | News release
    WHO scales up activities in Burkina Faso in response to worsening humanitarian situation
    A local official receives a dose of oral cholera vaccine in Tshilenge, July 2019
     | News release
    More than a million people to be vaccinated in phase 2 of a huge cholera vaccination campaign in the Democratic Republic of the Congo

    Events

    WHA Technical Briefing - Official launch of the business case for WHO immunization a...

    23 May 2018

    African Vaccination Week

    23 April 2018

    African Vaccination Week

    24 April 2017