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Celebrating World Immunization Week 2015 in the Eastern Mediterranean Region

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23 April 2015 – Every year, the last week of April marks an important opportunity to remind the entire world of the importance of vaccines and immunization. More than 180 countries around the world, together with the World Health Organization (WHO), UNICEF and other immunization partners, will be celebrating World Immunization Week during the week of the 24 to 30 April, 2015. This important initiative has been widely recognized and successfully celebrated by all the countries in the Eastern Mediterranean Region since 2010. 

The global campaign theme for 2015 is “Close the immunization gap.” Unfortunately, each year, worldwide, around 22 million infants are still missing out on their basic vaccines; 3 million of these children are in the Eastern Mediterranean Region. The theme of this year’s campaign “Close the immunization gap” is therefore a call for action for all individuals, communities and governments.

Through innovative and combined advocacy, education and communication activities and immunization services, World Immunization Week aims to:

  • convince people that immunization saves lives;
  • mobilize action to increase vaccination coverage with existing and newly available vaccines in underserved and marginalized communities;
  • secure political will to increase support for immunization programmes.

In parallel to the global theme, countries in the Region have selected national themes according to their own priorities and national context. The initiative will be observed by various activities in countries; including national launching ceremonies, media campaigns, training, seminars and social mobilization events. During the week, many countries will be expanding vaccination services, including tracking unvaccinated people, extending operational hours, implementing large-scale vaccination campaigns and using child health days to deliver an integrated package of life-saving health interventions. In addition, some countries are planning to introduce new vaccines into their national programmes. 

WHO encourages everyone to make sure that they and their children have received all required vaccines. Immunization is one of the most successful health interventions and prevents between an estimated two and three million deaths every year in all age groups from diphtheria, tetanus, pertussis (whooping cough), and measles. From infants to senior citizens, immunization prevents debilitating illness, disability and death from vaccine-preventable diseases. Moreover, the benefits of immunization are increasingly being extended to adolescents and adults, providing protection against life-threatening diseases, such as hepatitis, influenza, meningitis and cancers that occur in adulthood.

Contact information:

Dr Nadia Teleb

Regional Adviser
Vaccine Preventable Diseases and Immunization programme
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Murat Hakan Öztürk
Immunization Week Focal Point
Vaccine Preventable Diseases and Immunization programme
Office direct: +20 2 227 65196
Mobile: +20 109 5017316
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World Immunization Week – celebrated in the last week of April (24-30) – aims to promote one of the world’s most powerful tools for health – the use of vaccines to protect people of all ages against disease.

The theme for 2014 is “Are you up-to-date?”.

Read more on global Immunization Week 2014

Regional campaign materials

Message by Dr Ala Alwan, WHO Regional Director for the Eastern Mediterranean | Arabic | French

Press release: Celebrating Immunization Week in the Region: Are you up to date? | Arabic | French

Country activities

Posters

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Know your vaccine status posterKnow poster
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Check your vaccination status posterCheck poster
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Poster_3.enProtect poster
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Know, check, protectCombined poster
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Version 2 

Veiled_option_1.enKnow poster
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Veiled_option_2.enCheck poster
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Veiled_option_3.enProtect poster
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Veiled_woman_4.enCombined poster
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Version 3

Veiled_option_1.enKnow poster
English | Arabic | French

Veiled_option_2.enCheck poster
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Veiled_option_3.enProtect poster
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Veiled_woman_4.enCombined poster
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Banners

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Banner_veiledEnglish | Arabic | French
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Roll ups

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Roll_up_veiledEnglish | Arabic | French
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Related links

Vaccination Week 2013

Vaccination Week 2012

Vaccination Week 2011

Vaccination Week 2010

National immunization technical advisory groups

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With the recently announced Decade of Vaccine, there are more resources and attention directed to the introduction of life-saving vaccines. A key component of introducing life-saving vaccines is rigorous and scientific decision-making, independent of political and industry influence. National immunization technical advisory groups are best positioned to ensure transparent and evidence-based discourse among policy-makers and the scientific community. 

The Regional Office is supporting the establishment and strengthening of these technical advisory groups in countries through advocacy, standardization, information-sharing and training. A regional action plan, guide and tools were shared with all countries to ensure standardized and well-functioning groups. Currently, 22 or 96% of countries in the Region have established technical advisory groups. Fifty percent of them are meeting, or are close to meeting, the required regional criteria. We are already witnessing dividends in even resource-poor countries, such as Sudan, where the technical advisory group and the Government decided to introduce rotavirus vaccine based on disease burden data. 

World Immunization Week

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World Immunization Week – celebrated in the last week of April (24-30) – aims to promote one of the world’s most powerful tools for health – the use of vaccines to protect people of all ages against disease.

The theme for 2014 is “Are you up-to-date?”.

Read more on global Immunization Week 2014

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