Immunization

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Renewed impetus to achieve universal access to immunization by 2030
Renewed impetus to achieve universal access to immunization by 2030
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Directeur de Cabinet du Ministère de Santé, Monsieur Emmanuel Sorgho, is receiving a kit from the Burkina Faso WR Dr. Alimata J. Diarra-Nama.
WHO scales up activities in Burkina Faso in response to worsening humanitarian situation
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A local official receives a dose of oral cholera vaccine in Tshilenge, July 2019
More than a million people to be vaccinated in phase 2 of a huge cholera vaccination campaign in the Democratic Republic of the Congo
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A child receives the vaccine on May 27, 2019
Major cholera vaccination campaign begins in North Kivu in the Democratic Republic of the Congo
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    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

    Immunization campaign – 25 February 2011
    Immunization campaign – 25 February 2011
    African and world health leaders step up to close the immunization gap
    African Vaccination Week 2016: Close the Immunization Gap
    Video: Tackling the polio virus, Nigeria's experience
    Vaccinating against cholera in Sierra Leone

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