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Thursday, April 21, 2011

It's Immunization Week

More than 180 countries across Africa, the Americas, Europe, the Middle East and the Pacific rim demonstrate their commitment to immunisation.


More than 180 countries across Africa, the Americas, Europe, the Middle East and the Pacific rim demonstrate their commitment to immunisation.

A child is vaccinated against polio in Kolkata, India

Rod Curtis/UNICEF

Starting 23 April, countries unite under the umbrella of immunization week and implement activities to raise awareness, inform and engage key audiences on the value, importance and challenges regarding immunization.

During the week, polio supplementary immunization campaigns are taking place in India, central Asia and west Africa. In addition, vaccination services such as tracking of unvaccinated people, implementing large-scale vaccination campaigns and using Child Health Days to deliver an integrated package of life-saving health interventions will take place. These health interventions include: providing vitamin A supplementation to boost children's immune systems; provision of deworming medicine; growth monitoring; and distribution of insecticide-treated nets to prevent malaria.

This unprecedented collaborated effort between the regions is building public and professional awareness of the value of immunization as well as saving lives.

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