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A nomadic mother from Chad holds her ten month old baby who receives immunizations for the first time.

Immunization saves up to 3 million children each year

Vaccines keep children alive and healthy by protecting them against disease. Immunization is especially important for the hardest to reach families as it can also be a bridge to other life-saving care for mothers and children in isolated communities – such as child nutritional screening, anti-malarial mosquito nets, vitamin A supplements and de-worming tablets. Immunization is one of the most successful and cost-effective public health investments we can make for future generations.

Vaccines are protecting more children than ever before. But, in 2015, nearly one in five infants –19.4 million children – missed out on the basic vaccines they need to stay healthy. Low immunization levels compromise gains in all other areas of health for mothers and children. The poorest, most vulnerable children who need immunization the most continue to be the least likely to get it.

Almost one third of deaths among children under 5 are preventable by vaccine. UNICEF and its partners are working to change these numbers and ensure that the lives of all children are successfully protected with vaccines. But, if immunization is not prioritized, the most marginalized children will not get vaccines, which could mean the difference between life and death.



  • Recent publications

Read more about immunization in Immunization: Keeping children alive and healthy

2015 Immunization Coverage: Progress and Challenges (July 2016)

Global Vaccine Action Plan 2011-2020

Immunization Summary, 2013

State of the world's vaccines and immunization

  • World Immunization Week 2015

Immunization Facts and Figures 2015

  • Press releases

UNICEF helps restart measles immunizations in Ebola-hit countries

With 15 million children caught up in major conflicts, UNICEF declares 2014 a devastating year for children

Innovation can drive change for most disadvantaged children 

Spike in measles deaths among children troubling

Ten million childhood disabilities prevented in campaign to end polio

  • Headlines 

Measles Deaths Decline, but Elimination Progress Stalls in Some Regions

UNICEF and partners focus on underserved to eliminate MNT

Polio partners monitor life-saving immunization drive in Tajikistan

  • Global Immunization

Global Immunization News

Progress Towards Global Immunization Goals. Summary Presentation of Key Indicators (August 2012)




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