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WHO Urges Increased Efforts To Reach Child Vaccination Targets Ahead Of World Immunization Week

U.N. News Centre: Ahead of World Immunization Week, U.N. warns global vaccination targets ‘far off track’
“The United Nations World Health Organization [Wednesday] warned that progress towards global vaccination targets for 2015 is ‘far off track,’ with one in five children still missing out on routine life-saving immunizations that could avert 1.5 million deaths each year from preventable diseases…” (4/22).

VOA News: WHO: Unvaccinated Children Dying From Preventable Diseases
“The World Health Organization warns millions of children are at risk of illness, disability, and death because they are not getting vaccinated against preventable, killer diseases. In advance of World Immunization Week, the U.N. agency is urging nations to increase efforts to keep their children healthy by getting [vaccinations]…” (Schlein, 4/22).

WHO: Global vaccination targets ‘off-track,’ warns WHO
“…WHO is calling for an end to the unnecessary disability and death caused by failure to vaccinate. ‘World Immunization Week creates a focused global platform to reinvigorate our collective efforts to ensure vaccination for every child, whoever they are and wherever they live,’ said Dr. Flavia Bustreo, WHO assistant director-general [for] family, women’s and children’s health. ‘It is critical that the global community now makes a collective and cohesive effort to put progress towards our six targets back on track’…” (4/22).

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