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World Immunization Week!

Immunization saves millions of lives and is widely recognized as one of the world’s most successful and cost-effective health interventions. Yet, there are more than 19 million unvaccinated or under-vaccinated children in the world, putting them at serious risk of these potentially fatal diseases. Of these children, 1 in 10 never receive any vaccinations, and most likely have never been seen by the health system.

April 24-30 is World Immunization Week. The campaign aims to highlight the collective action needed to ensure that every person is protected from vaccine-preventable diseases. This year’s theme: “Protected Together, #VaccinesWork,” encourages people at every level – from donors to the general public – to go further in their efforts to increase immunization coverage for the greater good.

As part of the 2018 campaign, WHO and partners aim to:

  • Highlight the importance of immunization, and the remaining gaps in global coverage
  • Underscore the value of vaccines to target donor countries and the importance of investing in immunization efforts
  • Highlight the ways in which everyone – from donors to individuals – can and must drive vaccine progress.

Be sure to join the social media campaign by using the hashtag #VaccinesWork. OPENPediatrics is pleased to feature the video, Newborn Care Series: Care of the Cord, in support of World Immunization Week.


Also, be sure to check out The Iron Lung and Polio video.