Immunization week rolls out in 180 countries

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Immunization week rolls out in 180 countries

A week-long campaign to encourage people to vaccinate themselves and their children against deadly diseases is taking place in move than 180 countries.

The World Health Organization's 'World Immunization Week' is running from 21 to 28 April.

According to WHO, between two and three million deaths from diseases such as diphtheria, measles, mumps, tetanus, rubella and whooping cough are prevented by immunization.

Julie Walker reports.

The World Health Organization says the theme for 'World Immunization Week' this year is 'Protect your world, get vaccinated'.

Vaccination campaigns are part of the activities going on in more than 180 countries during the week.

They include the introduction of newly available vaccines, training of healthcare workers as well as roundtable discussions with political leaders, medical professionals, parents and caregivers.

According to the WHO, vaccination coverage is improving globally with an estimated 109 million vaccinated in 2010, but there are still challenges.

The Organization says that 70 per cent of the 19.3 million children who were not vaccinated that year live in developing countries.

Julie Walker, United Nations.

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