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)

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    Proud father shows off his daughter's immunization cards
    Proud father shows off his daughter's immunization cards
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    Statement from Uganda’s Minister of Health on the National Measles-Rubella and Polio Immunisation Campaign 2019
    Oral Polio Immunization, one of the GAVI supported activities in Uganda
    Oral Polio Immunization, one of the GAVI supported activities in Uganda
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    Ministry of Health Conducts Joint Appraisal of GAVI support to the Uganda National Expanded Program on Immunization
    Nine African countries agree to begin journey towards pooled procurement to increase their access to affordable life-saving vaccines
    Nine African countries agree to begin journey towards pooled procurement to increase their access to affordable life-saving vaccines
    More than 18 million children in Uganda to be immunized  against measles, rubella and polio in mass campaign
    More than 18 million children in Uganda to be immunized against measles, rubella and polio in mass campaign

    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