This week, 20-27 April 2013, is World Immunization Week, an initiative to promote vaccination around the globe. Every 20 seconds, a child dies from a disease that could be prevented with a safe and effective vaccine, and the goal of the Week is to get more people protected against vaccine-preventable diseases. As part of World Immunization Week, the CDC are observing National Infant Immunization Week, which seeks to promote the importance of immunization to parents in the United States.
Each of the WHO's six regions are participating in World Immunization Week. Read more about their work and slogans below:
- African Vaccination Week: Save lives, prevent disabilities, vaccinate!
- European Immunization Week: Protect. Prevent. Immunize.
- Immunization Week in South-East Asia: Keep your family healthy and productive, immunize them
- Immunization Week in the Western Pacific: A healthy future for your family
- Vaccination Week in the Americas: Vaccination, a shared responsibility
- Vaccination Week in the Eastern Mediterranean: Stop measles now!
What do you think about this initiative? You can join our discussion on LinkedIn or leave a comment below, I'd love to hear what you think.
You might be interested in attending the World Vaccine Congress Asia 2013, 17-20 June 2013, Singapore.