Immunization is a proven and cost-effective public health intervention, saving the lives of millions of children and protecting millions more from illness and disability.
Since 1995, Kyrgyzstan has been consistently registering immunization coverage of 90 per cent or more for three doses of diphtheria, tetanus and pertussis (DTP), often seen as the measure of national performance on immunization.
In 2016, all districts in Kyrgyzstan had 95 per cent coverage for DTP3.
Despite increased vaccine coverage against measles, in 2015, there were 17,779 measles cases in Kyrgyzstan. That means that far too many children are still not protected against this preventable, life-threatening disease.
While most national averages for DTP vaccination is adequate, only 80.4 per cent of children by the second birth were fully immunized (MICS, 2014). It is not high enough to ensure immunity for everyone.
Measles outbreak in 2015 and increasing vaccine hesitancy in parts of the country remind us of the need for constant vigilance and for greater efforts to achieve – and sustain – universal routine immunization to protect children against deadly, but easily preventable, diseases.