Immunization

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Seychelles PCV vaccine
New vaccine introduced to protect Seychellois children from Pneumonia and other Pneumococcal diseases
Seychelles
A health worker administers the Rotavirus vaccine to a baby in Buikwe District
Government launches new Rotavirus vaccine to protect children in Uganda from diarrhea
Uganda
WHO Country Representative administering OCV in an IDP camp of Borno state in 2017
Adamawa state gets over 700,000 doses of oral cholera vaccines for emergency vaccination
Nigeria
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

    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

    Spot TV - Semaine Africaine de la Vaccination 2018
    Semaine Africaine de la Vaccination
    Semaine Africaine de la vaccination
    Business case for WHO immunization activities on the African continent 2018-2030
    Vaccinating against cholera in Sierra Leone
    Video: Tackling the polio virus, Nigeria's experience

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