World Immunization Week

Vaccine Preventable Disease

WHO Table 1 Vaccine Preventable Disease

Immunize for a healthy future – Know. Check. Protect.

This week marks World Immunication Week 2014.  World Immunization Week is designed to remind people about the effectiveness of vaccination.

According to the World Health Organization:

  •  2 – 3 million deaths are avoided through immunization
  • vaccine preventable diseases include: anthrax, measles, rubella, tetanus, mumps, rubella, rabies and more…
  • measles vaccination resulted in a 78% drop in measles deaths between 2000 and 2012 worldwide

The World Health Organization has assembled a list of Myths and Facts about Vaccination that include information like:

Myth or Fact?
Better hygiene and sanitation will make diseases disappear – vaccines are not necessary. – MYTH

FACT: Diseases we vaccinate against will return if we stop vaccination programs. While better hygiene, hand washing and clean water help protect people from infectious diseases, many infections can spread regardless of how clean we are. If people are not vaccinated, diseases that have become uncommon, such as polio and measles, will quickly reappear.

 

World Immunization Week is marked every year on the last week of April.  For more information, visit the World Health Organization World Immunization Week website at: http://www.who.int/campaigns/immunization-week/2014/en/

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