A group of children with their parents waiting for immunization shots at the Shuto Orizari clinic in Skopje.
Immunization is one of the most significant and cost-effective public health achievements in modern times. Vaccines save children’s lives and stop the spread of diseases. Despite this fact, in 2017 more than half of the world’s most vulnerable children still miss out on essential vaccines they need to live healthy lives. In addition, an increased number of children are missing out on life-saving vaccines because of raising influence from anti-vaccine campaigns and rumours regarding the safety and the quality of the vaccines. The scientific fact is, vaccines work and they are safe. In fact, they are more than safe — they save lives!
When most of the children in a community are vaccinated, individual cases of disease rarely escalate into an outbreak. But when some children miss out on vaccines, the risk of disease increases for all.