immunization

We’re going in the wrong direction on measles prevention, says UN health expert

Rapid action is needed in every region of the world to get countries back on track in the global fight against measles, amid a projected near-doubling in the number of cases, since 2017.  That’s according to Dr. Katherine O’Brien from the World Health Organization (WHO). Here she is speaking to Sarah Mbengue from UN News in Geneva. 

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Record 123 million infants received at least one vaccine in 2017, says UN

A record-breaking total of around 123 million, or nine out of 10, infants, received at least one dose of diphtheria-tetanus-pertussis vaccine in 2017, protecting them from deadly infectious diseases, according to United Nations figures released on Monday.

Vaccines are protecting more children than ever, but millions still miss out on routine immunizations – UN

At the start of World Immunization Week , the United Nations on Tuesday said that while vaccines are protecting more children than ever, more countries need to make immunization a priority, because more than one million children still die every year from vaccine-preventable diseases.

WHO at 70: Stamping out disease, stepping up immunization, stopping outbreaks

Eradicating smallpox and stepping up immunizations to prevent malaria, polio and other global killers are just some of the accomplishments of the World Health Organization (WHO), which turned 70 this month.

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South-East Asia region aims to close immunity gap, wipe out measles by 2020 – UN health agency

The so-called ‘big six’ countries in the World Health Organization’s (WHO) South-East Asia region are meeting today in New Delhi on an accelerated strategy to wipe out measles and rubella in the next three years by targeting as many as 500 million children with vaccines.

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More than 12 million babies worldwide were not vaccinated in 2016

More than 12 million babies worldwide, nearly one in ten, did not receive any vaccinations in 2016, the UN says.

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Two thirds of unimmunized children live in conflict-affected countries – UNICEF

Almost two thirds of children who have not been immunized with basic vaccines live in countries that are either partially or entirely affected by conflict, the United Nations Children’s Fund (UNICEF) said today, ahead of World Immunization Week.

Immunization 'game-changers' should be the norm worldwide, says UN health agency

The UN World Health Organization (WHO) announced that during World Immunization Week 2016, which begins Sunday, it will be highlighting recent gains in immunization coverage, and outlining further steps countries can take to meet global vaccination targets by 2020.

UN focuses on global efforts to prevent and defeat hepatitis

The United Nations tomorrow will mark World Hepatitis Day for the first time to bring attention to the disease that affects almost one in every three persons on Earth.

Massive UN polio immunization campaign underway in West Africa

Some 53 million children under the age of five, including every girl and boy in Nigeria, have been targeted by a mass polio immunization campaign across West Africa, the United Nations Children’s Fund (UNICEF) announced today.