Date: 12 April 2017
World Immunisation Week – whose theme this year is #vaccineswork – aims to promote the use of vaccines to protect people of all ages against disease.
The awareness-raising week in the last week of April, coincides this year with the Australia-wide campaign to raise awareness of pharmacist-delivered flu vaccinations at community pharmacies throughout Australia. Appropriately trained community pharmacists are now able to give these vaccinations, providing access and convenience for consumers.
World Immunisation Week highlights that immunisation saves millions of lives and is widely recognised as one of the world’s most successful and cost-effective health interventions.
Today, there are still 19.4 million unvaccinated and under-vaccinated children in the world.
2017 marks the halfway point in the Global Vaccine Action Plan (GVAP) – endorsed by 194 Member States of the World Health Assembly in May 2012 – which aims to prevent millions of deaths from vaccine-preventable diseases by 2020 through universal access to immunisation.
Despite improvements in individual countries and a strong global rate of new vaccine introduction, all of the targets for disease elimination - including measles, rubella, and maternal and neonatal tetanus - are behind schedule.
The main goal of the 2017 campaign, which runs from 24-30 April, is to raise awareness about the critical importance of full immunisation throughout life, and its role in achieving the 2030 Sustainable Development Goals.
As part of the 2017 campaign, WHO and its partners aim to:
Showcase immunisation’s role in sustainable development and global health security.