Vaccine-preventable diseases and immunization

Young_boy_in_Sudan_receives_vaccinationGlobal immunization coverage sustained in the past five years

15 July 2016 -- The latest WHO and UNICEF data on global immunization coverage show that 86% of the world’s children received the required 3 doses of diphtheria-tetanus-pertussis containing vaccines (DTP3) in 2015, a coverage level that has been sustained above 85% since 2010.

As a result, the number of children who did not receive routine vaccinations has dropped to an estimated 19.4 million, down from 33.8 million in 2000.

However, this progress falls short of global immunization targets of the Global Vaccine Action Plan (GVAP) for the Decade of Vaccines of achieving 90% or more DTP3 vaccination coverage at the national level and 80% or more in all districts2 in all countries by 2015.

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