This week (24 – 30 April) is Word Immunisation Week. It aims to raise awareness about the critical importance of full immunisation.
In aid of this, here are five facts, taken from the World Health Organisation website:
Immunisation currently prevents between 2-3 million deaths every year. It is one of the most successful and cost effective public health interventions. An additional 1.5 million deaths could be avoided, however, if global vaccination coverage improves.
More children are being immunised worldwide than ever before. During 2015, an estimated 116 million (about 85%) children under 1 world-wide received 3 doses diphtheria-tetanus-pertussis (DTPS) vaccine.
Did you know that while majority of parents do ensure their child is fully vaccinated, thousands of Kent children are missing key doses or have not been vaccinated at all?
An estimated 19.4 million children under age of one did not receive DTP3 vaccine. Around 60% of these children live in 10 countires: Angola, the Democratic Republic of the Congo, Ethiopia, India, Indonesia, Iraq, Nigeria, Pakistan, the Philippines and Ukraine.
Immunization prevents illness, disability and death from vaccine-preventable diseases including cervical cancer, diphtheria, hepatitis B, measles, mumps, pertussis (whooping cough), pneumonia, polio, rotavirus diarrhoea, rubella and tetanus.
If you are unsure if your child’s vaccines are up-to-date, contact your GP for advice.