Immunization

With immunization one of the most cost-effective public health interventions, UNICEF is helping Viet Nam protect children from illness and disability.

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The Challenge

Vaccines keep children alive and healthy by protecting them against disease. In Viet Nam, immunization has saved millions of lives and protected countless children from illness and disability. The country’s national Expanded Programme on Immunization (EPI), with UNICEF support, has led to the successful eradication of polio, elimination of neonatal tetanus and control of measles. In the last 25 years, vaccines have protected 6.7 million Vietnamese children and prevented 42,000 deaths from deadly childhood diseases such as diphtheria, pertussis, polio and tetanus. 

Despite these achievements, the EPI today faces newly emerging challenges to protect these hard-won gains and reach communities with low immunization rates. Coverage in mountainous, remote and ethnic minority-populated areas remains low. There are also concerns about ‘vaccine hesitancy’ - a mistrust of immunization among some parents, fuelled by myths and misinformation. This erosion in public confidence commonly occurs after rare cases of ‘adverse events following immunization’, with negative media stories erroneously linking cases of child deaths to immunization without the full facts.

Measles and Rubella immunizations at health care center in Oc Eo district town, Thoai Son, An Giang
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Measles and Rubella immunizations at health care centre in Oc Eo district town, Thoai Son, An Giang province.

Immunization is essential to protecting children, yet coverage remains low in mountainous, remote and ethnic minority-populated areas.

The Solution

UNICEF, as a trusted and committed partner, is continuing to support health authorities and local health workers to ensure all children in Viet Nam benefit from life-saving vaccines. To help achieve this, we are working to build and maintain a strong national immunization supply chain system to ensure the quality and supply of vaccines through effective evaluation and management.

We also work closely with partners to equip parents and communities with the knowledge they need to protect their children, with training of frontline health workers on how to inform families about the benefits of immunization. This outreach is critically important to build and retain public trust to combat ‘vaccine hesitancy’, especially during cases of ‘adverse events following immunization’ and media misreporting. 

Immunization is also a wise financial investment
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Measles and Rubella immunizations at health care center in Oc Eo district town, Thoai Son, An Giang

Immunization is also a wise financial investment - with every $1 invested in immunization returning an estimated $16 in healthcare savings and increased economic productivity.

Resources

Link to video on it's hosted site.
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The animation clip to guide parents and child caretakers of children under 2 years old on how to monitor and care for children after vaccination.
Link to video on it's hosted site.
UNICEF Viet Nam
After the past 30 years of implementation, with great efforts from Vietnamese Government and support from WHO, UNICEF and other international organizations, EPI has reached all children of Viet Nam, contributing to the prevention of common infectious diseases.
Link to video on it's hosted site.
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PSA for the National Measles and Rubella Vaccination Campaign in Viet Nam, produced in October 2014 by the Expanded Programme on Immunization (EPI) and National Center for Health Communication and Education (NCHE), Ministry of Health (MOH).