Around the World: World Immunization Week — Close the Immunization Gap

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World Immunization Week (WIW), a global public health campaign celebrated during the last week of April (24-30), promotes one of the most cost-effective and life-saving tools for health: vaccination. Each year WIW has a specific theme or set of goals. This year’s theme focuses on closing the immunization gap and reaching more equal immunization levels as outlined in the Global Vaccine Action Plan (GVAP), a framework to achieve universal access to vaccines for people in all communities around the world. The GVAP has six major goals for 2015:

  1. Global immunization coverage against diphtheria, tetanus and whooping cough
  2. Introduction of under-utilized vaccines
  3. Rubella elimination from specific regions
  4. Measles elimination from specific regions
  5. Polio eradication
  6. Global elimination of maternal and neonatal tetanus

Additional resources

Global Vaccine Action Plan (GVAP)
GVAP – Six Major Goals for 2015

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