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Immunizations Prevent 2-3M Deaths A Year, But Gaps In Coverage Still Remain

Huffington Post: Close the Immunization Gap! Get Vaccinated
Flavia Bustreo, WHO assistant director-general for family, women’s and children’s health, and vice chair of the Board of Gavi, the Vaccine Alliance

“…At the World Health Organization (WHO), we estimate that immunization prevents between two and three million deaths every year from diphtheria, tetanus, whooping cough (pertussis), and measles. Increasingly, we are seeing how immunization against one disease can prevent another. … But … shocking gaps remain. A recent report by the expert group that monitors progress against the Global Vaccine Action Plan the Strategic Advisory Group of Experts on Immunization (SAGE) reveals that the world is on track to meet just one of the six targets set for 2015. … In World Immunization Week 2015, I urge everyone who can possibly do so, to take steps to help us ‘Close the Immunization Gap!'” (4/27).

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