GENEVA, April 26 (FENA) – This year, from April 26 to May 2, the European Region of the World Health Organization is marking the 16th European Immunization Week. The week will remind of the importance of immunization as the most effective and safest measure in the prevention of infectious diseases, as well as the contribution of immunization to health and preservation of health throughout life.
World Immunization Week – celebrated every year in the last week of April – aims to promote the use of vaccines to protect people of all ages against disease. Immunization saves millions of lives every year and is widely recognized as one of the world’s most successful health interventions. Yet, there are still nearly 20 million children in the world today who are not getting the vaccines they need, and many miss out on vital vaccines during adolescence, adulthood and into old age.
Using the theme ‘Vaccines bring us closer’, World Immunization Week 2021 will urge greater engagement around immunization globally to promote the importance of vaccination in bringing people together, and improving the health and wellbeing of everyone, everywhere throughout life.
As part of the 2021 campaign, WHO, partners and individuals around the world will unite to increase trust and confidence in vaccines to maintain or increase vaccine acceptance, increase investment in vaccines, including routine immunization, to remove barriers to access.
While the world focuses on critically important new vaccines to protect against COVID-19, there remains a need to ensure routine vaccinations are not missed. Many children have not been vaccinated during the global pandemic, leaving them at risk of serious diseases like measles and polio. Rapidly circulating misinformation around the topic of vaccination adds to this threat.
In this context, this year’s campaign will aim to build solidarity and trust in vaccination as a public good that saves lives and protects health. To this end, we will be looking for more partners to join us, bringing people together in support of a lifesaving cause.
Whilst vaccines aren’t a silver bullet, they will help us progress on a path to a world where we can be together again, stated the WHO in a press release.