Closing The Immunization Gap
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World Immunization Week 

Close The Immunization Gap

Progress towards global vaccination targets for 2015 is far off-track with 1 in 5 children still missing out on routine life-saving immunizations that could avert 1.5 million deaths each year from preventable diseases. 

In 2013 nearly 22 million infants missed out on the required three doses of diphtheria-tetanus-pertussis-containing vaccines (DTP3), many of them living in the world’s poorest countries. The World Health Organization (WHO) is calling for an end to this and “World Immunization Week creates a focused global platform to reinvigorate our collective efforts to ensure vaccination for every child, whoever they are and wherever they live,” said Dr Flavia Bustreo, WHO Assistant Director-General, Family, Women's and Children's Health. “It is critical that the global community now makes a collective and cohesive effort to put progress towards our 6 targets back on track.”

In the mean time, in many parts of the developed world, anti-vaccine groups and advocates, along with families, are choosing to sustain from vaccinating their children and this leads to unnecessary disability and death caused by failure to vaccinate, so, this isn’t solely a poor them 3rd world problem, although they certainly have some major obstacles. This is a global problem aided by the aforementioned groups that simply don't believe the science.

Hopefully, with more political will in some countries, better health systems and maybe some of the anti-immunization people being slapped upside the head, additional progress towards closing the gap will happen.

For more information on World Immunization Week, please visit the WHO website.

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