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Global vaccination targets ‘off-track’ warns WHO

World Immunization Week 2015 posterProgress towards global vaccination targets for 2015 is far off-track with 1 in 5 children still missing out on routine life-saving immunizations that could avert 1.5 million deaths each year from preventable diseases. In the lead-up to World Immunization Week 2015 (24–30 April), WHO is calling for renewed efforts to get progress back on course. In 2013 nearly 22 million infants missed out on the required three doses of diphtheria-tetanus-pertussis-containing vaccines (DTP3), many of them living in the world’s poorest countries. WHO is calling for an end to the unnecessary disability and death caused by failure to vaccinate. Continue reading

Iraq: One-Year Polio Free

Iraq has gone one year since wild poliovirus paralyzed a 34 month old girl on the outskirts of Baghdad. The young girl, as well as a 7-month old boy who was the first polio case in Iraq, were both systematically missed by both routine immunization and outreach campaigns and contracted wild poliovirus type 1. The poliovirus, which typically affects children with paralysis and sometimes death, started in a Syrian community after the virus made its way from Pakistan to Egypt, then to eventually to children in eastern Syria. Continue reading