World Immunization Week, also known as European Immunisation Week is observed annually in the last week of April. World Immunization Weeks goal is to promote the use of vaccines to protect people of all ages against disease. Immunization saves millions of lives every year and is widely acknowledged as one of the world’s most successful health interventions. Yet, there are still nearly 20 million children in the world today who are not getting the vaccines they need, and many miss out on vital vaccines during adolescence, adulthood and into old age.
Using the theme ‘Vaccines bring us closer’, World Immunization Week 2021 , held on the 24th to 30th April will urge greater engagement around immunization globally to promote the importance of vaccination in bringing people together, and improving the health and wellbeing of everyone, everywhere throughout life. Link
The U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) and global public health partners recognize World Immunization Week – a time dedicated to promoting the use of vaccines to protect people of all ages against diseases and death. CDC’s Global Immunization Division (GID) leads the U.S. Government’s efforts in what is widely recognized as one of the most effective of public health missions – vaccination against preventable diseases – a coordinated global mission that saves millions of lives every year. link
While the world focuses on critically important new vaccines to protect against COVID-19, there remains a need to ensure routine vaccinations are not missed. Many children have not been vaccinated during the global pandemic, leaving them at risk of serious diseases like measles and polio. Rapidly circulating misinformation around the topic of vaccination adds to this threat.
According to the World Health Organization, this year’s campaign will aim to build solidarity and trust in vaccination as a public good that saves lives and protects health. To this end, they will be looking for more partners to join with them, bringing people together in support of a lifesaving cause.