WHO stresses role of communication during World Immunization Week

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World Immunization Week

Although immunization prevents an estimated two to three million deaths each year, more than 22 million infants worldwide are not fully immunized with routine vaccines, according to the World Health Organization (WHO).

WHO is highlighting the importance of early childhood vaccination during World Immunization Week, which runs from 20 – 26 April.

The agency says there is an urgent need to better communicate the health benefits of vaccination and the dangers of not immunizing children.

Immunization provides protection against illnesses such as diphtheria and measles but, according to WHO, one myth surrounding vaccines is that they have damaging and long-term effects that are yet unknown.

WHO says vaccines are very safe and most reactions to them are usually minor and temporary, such as a sore arm or mild fever.

Dianne Penn, United Nations.

Duration: 56 secs

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