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World Immunisation Week 2019: Here’s all we can do to close the immunisation gap

World Immunisation Week 2019: Here’s all we can do to close the immunisation gap

World Immunisation Week 2019: Here’s all we can do to close the immunisation gap
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By CNBC-TV18 Apr 25, 2019 2:52:51 PM IST (Published)

While the world moves towards achieving absolute immunization, diseases like measles, meningitis A, mumps, polio, hepatitis B, and Haemophilus influenzae type b (Hib) still require complete vaccines and dosages at regular intervals. 

To promote the importance of vaccination and immunisation, the world celebrates World Immunisation Week, initiated by the efforts of the World Health Organisation. The Immunisation Awareness Week will be celebrated this year between April 24 and April 30.

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While the world moves towards achieving absolute immunisation, diseases like measles, meningitis A, mumps, polio, hepatitis B, and Haemophilus influenzae type b (Hib) still require complete vaccines and dosages at regular intervals.
There are certain loopholes and gaps that are mentioned by WHO in achieving complete immunisation. According to the data released by the World Health Organization (WHO), the following are the existing gaps in immunisation awareness:
  • Only a little improvement is recorded in terms of global vaccination coverage and it stands at 85 percent for the last decade.
  • An India-specific study by the Health Affairs Organisation found that India has 9.6 million unimmunised children.
  • This accounts for more than one-third of the 27 million unimmunized children around the world.
  • However, there has been a growth in the use of new vaccines, according to WHO’s estimate. Moreover, if the immunisation progress stays consistent, it will avoid around 1.5 million deaths in the coming years.
    Ways to Close Immunisation Gaps
    While there are some shortcomings and loopholes, here are a few methods through which this immunisation gap can be filled.
    • Ensuring proper Health Management Information System in place
    • Sending phone message or IVR phone call informing people on dates and locations of health campaign
    • Introducing new missions and programs like ‘Intensified Mission Indradhanush’ health scheme, which used the smart strategy of cross-sectoral participation for vaccinating maximum number of children
    • Advertising health schemes and policies through TV and radio to increase the outreach of such schemes.
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