World Immunization Week

Wednesday, 24 April 2024 - Tuesday, 30 April 2024
World Immunization Week

World Immunization Week is an international, annual campaign that promotes the importance of vaccination in saving people’s lives.


Official Week: April 24-30

This week sheds light on the role vaccines play in protecting individuals from all age groups against different fatal diseases.


Key Focus Areas

  • Educate individuals on the crucial need for vaccines.
  • Emphasize the need for collective and collaborative efforts to advance the use of vaccines.
  • Provide governments with adequate resources to create immunization campaigns.
  • Safeguard a larger number of individuals and societies against many diseases through vaccines.
  • Clarify misconceptions about vaccines and help individuals build trust in them.
  • Celebrate the healthcare milestones achieved through vaccinations, such as ending polio and eradicating smallpox.
  • Strive to overcome obstacles to provide healthcare around the world with equity.
  • Stress the role of vaccines in improving health and well-being globally, in addition to their role in ensuring a healthy future for children. 

Top Facts

  • Thanks to vaccines, infant mortality worldwide has decreased by more than 50 percent during the last 30 years.
  • Vaccines protect people from more than 20 diseases, such as pneumonia, cervical cancer, Ebola, and many others.
  • Immunization prevents between 3.5 and 5 million deaths each year from diseases such as diphtheria, whooping cough, influenza, and measles.
  • 23 million children were not vaccinated in 2020 due to the spread of COVID-19 which put them at risk of contracting diseases like measles and polio. However, “The Big Catch-up” is a new campaign that aims to bridge this gap and increase the number of vaccinated children to restore pre-pandemic vaccination levels.

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