25 April

Immunization week - Have you immunized your baby?

According to WHO, there are still nearly 20 million unvaccinated and under-vaccinated children in the world. India has the largest number of births in the world – more than 26 million a year – but sadly India also accounts for more than 20 per cent of child mortality worldwide. Out of the 20 million unvaccinated children in the world India alone accounts for 7.4 million unvaccinated children. The national average for full immunization is 62 per cent(NFHS 3)

Can you believe that, India has biggest number of children not immunized.

The Universal Immunization Program supports national and state governments to boost routine immunization (RI) and supplementary immunization, including for polio, measles, and Japanese encephalitis. This week ( last week of April) happens to be celebrated across the world as the world immunization week. It aims to promote the use of vaccines to prevent diseases. Immunization protects babies from many diseases and saves millions of lives every year Vaccinations are probably one of the world’s most successful and cost effective health intervention. Last year saw an outbreak of measles and Rubella and other vaccine preventable diseases. Most of these could be prevented and were seen in poorer and marginalized communities.

The value of vaccines for health  of children and  the communities they live in is paramount. Routine immunization can keep many diseases at bay.


Above is the vaccination schedule as published by the Ministry of health and Family welfare.


Ref: https://www.who.int/bulletin/volumes/94/10/15-167593/en/




Last modified on Thursday, 25 April 2019 09:25

Dr Madhu handles technology and business development for MedHealthTV.


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