SUNDAY, SEPTEMBER 25, 2016

WHO, UNICEF release updated immunization coverage data

WHO, UNICEF release updated immunization coverage data | Courtesy of medicalexpo.com

The World Health Organization (WHO) and UNICEF recently published updated data about immunization coverage.

Since 2000, the number of countries that have attained and maintained 90 percent coverage for children using routine life-saving vaccinations has increased by two times. Now, 129 countries, which is an addition of six since 2013, have vaccinated a minimum of 90 percent of their children with all three doses of the DTP3 (diphtheria – tetanus – pertussis) vaccine.

Beginning in 2012, all of the 194 WHO Member States approved of the Global Vaccine Action Plan (GVAP). They also committed themselves to guaranteeing that nobody would be neglected from receiving important immunizations. The target set was 90 percent DTP3 vaccination coverage in all of the nations by 2015.

Earlier in 2015, the WHO warned that five out of the six targets, such as the coverage target for DTP3, were off-track. Only one target, the under-utilized vaccines, had demonstrated significant progress.

The latest data emphasizes the 65 countries that need game changing strategies to reach the goals outlined in the GVAP. Six of these countries have less than 50 percent coverage from DTP3, including Chad, the Central African Republic, Somalia, the Syrian Arab Republic, Equatorial Guinea and South Sudan.

Globally, DTP3 vaccination coverage is now at 86 percent for all three of the doses. Approximately 91 percent of the world’s infants receive at least one dose of the DTP3 immunization.

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