It’s been a great week of celebrations and advocacy for immunizations here at the Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health. And in honor of WHO’s World Immunization Week, I’m celebrating our 10th Annual Vaccine Day with these fun factoids that UNICEF published earlier this week:
- The countries with the most significant increase in vaccine rates over the last ten years are India, Ethiopia, Democratic Republic of the Congo, Bangladesh, Philippines, Mexico, United Republic of Tanzania, Vietnam, Turkey and Sudan.
- In the last ten years India’s unvaccinated children reduced by 45%.
- The diphtheria immunization has helped make the disease rare. However, there has been an outbreak among Rohingya refugees. Several large vaccination campaigns in southern Bangladesh reached close to half a million children.
- 2017 saw a total of 22 cases of polio, in only 2 countries. Over 400 million children were vaccinated. Eradication of polio is closer than ever.
- Thanks to vaccines, maternal and neonatal tetanus has been eliminated in all but 15 countries. Ethiopia, Haiti and Philippines eliminated the disease in 2017.
Today the Johns Hopkins Vaccine Initiative is hosting Walter Orenstein, MD, DSc (Hon), Professor of Medicine, Epidemiology, Global Health, and Pediatrics at Emory; and the Associate Director of the Emory Vaccine Center and Director of Emory Vaccine Policy and Development. The keynote address and panel discussion from 12:15-2pm will be live streamed this afternoon and I encourage you to join the school electronically.