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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    Events

    African Vaccination Week 2019

    22 April 2019

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

    23 May 2018

    African Vaccination Week

    23 April 2018