World Immunization Week 2018

Vaccines save an estimated 2-3 million lives every year.

Smiling baby girl receives a vaccine shot in her arm, Côte d'Ivoire

What if there was a simple, definitive way to keep yourself AND your community safe from infectious diseases? Would you do it?

If you and your family are up to date on your vaccinations, you already have.

When most people in a community are vaccinated, diseases cannot spread as easily. This is called herd immunity and it serves to protect everyone, even those who have not yet been vaccinated.

This protection is critical for the most vulnerable members of the community: newborn babies.

Easy, right?


But what if your doctor doesn’t have vaccines? Or they are too expensive? Or you live days away from the nearest health centre?

This is the reality for millions of children and families around the world.

19.5 million infants miss out vaccines every year, and an estimated 1.5 million die from vaccine-preventable diseases. In 2016 alone, nearly 200,000 newborn babies died from pneumonia, tetanus and meningitis. The majority of these deaths could have been prevented by vaccines.

By making sure every mother and every baby has access to quality, affordable health care, we can end these senseless deaths. 

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