April 24-30 is World Immunisation Week and this year’s theme is Close The Immunization Gap.
Vaccines save up to 3 million lives every year. However, 1 out of every five children do not get life-saving vaccinations. This statistic means that close to 1.5 million people die each year from preventable diseases such as diphtheria, measles, pneumonia, tetanus and polio. Even though vaccinations are easily available in developed countries, most underdeveloped nations still struggle with a paucity of these basic medicines making it a haven for deadly disease to thrive and take lives. This video by WHO explains how we can bridge the immunisation gap and give these children a fighting chance.
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Video source: World Health Organization(WHO)/YouTube
Published: April 24, 2015 5:11 pm