World Immunization week just ended last week. It is a worldwide health event that always takes place in the last week of April. (24-30 aPRIL)
“The theme this year is Protected Together: Vaccines Work! and the campaign will celebrate Vaccine Heroes from around the world – from parents and community members to health workers and innovators – who help ensure we are all protected through the power of vaccines,” WHO
The Aim in this year World Immunization week was to promote the use vaccines around the world to prevent diseases that may lead to disability or death of people especially the children.
Immunization still remains to be one of the greatest public health inventions since time immemorial, despite being in use for centuries there are still nearly 20 Million unvaccinated and under vaccinated children in the world today.
As part of the 2019 campaign, WHO and partners aim to:
- Demonstrate the value of vaccines for the health of children, communities and the world.
- Highlight the need to build on immunization progress while addressing gaps, including through increased investment.
- Show how routine immunization is the foundation for strong, resilient health systems and universal health coverage.
Why is immunization important?
Use of vaccines around the world has always sparked numerous reactions some which support it and some which passionately reject vaccination due to various reasons and beliefs.
Immunization is of great importance in ensuring healthier communities by preventing infection and diseases that would have caused impairment or death .https://www.cdc.gov/vaccines/vac-gen/why.htm