Immunisation Current Affairs - 2019

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World Immunization Week 2019

World Immunization Week 2019 is being observed from 24-30 April with the theme Protected Together: Vaccines Work. World Immunisation Week 2019 celebrates Vaccine Heroes from around the world from parents and community members to health workers and innovators who help ensure we are all protected, at all ages, through the power of vaccines.

World Immunisation Week

Every year last week of April is observed as World Immunisation Week to promote the use of vaccines to protect people of all ages against disease.

Objectives
  • Demonstrate the value of vaccines for the health of children, communities and the world.
  • Highlight the need to build on immunization progress while addressing gaps, including through increased investment.
  • Show how routine immunization is the foundation for strong, resilient health systems and universal health coverage.

The motto of the World Immunization Week is to promote the use of vaccines to protect people of all ages against disease.

Earlier Immunization Week activities were observed on different dates in different regions of the world. Immunization Week was observed simultaneously for the first time in 2012, with the participation of more than 180 countries and territories worldwide after the World Health Assembly endorsed World Immunization Week during its May 2012 meeting.

Kareena Kapoor Khan appointed ambassador of Swasth Immunised India campaign

Actress Kareena Kapoor Khan has been appointed as an ambassador of Swasth Immunised India campaign. The Swasth Immunised India campaign has been launched by Serum Institute of India (SII) and Network 18.

Swasth Immunised India campaign

  • The Swasth Immunised India campaign aims to build a robust campaign aimed at spreading awareness on the importance and benefits of immunisation among the masses.
  • The campaign is aimed at dispelling myths and misconceptions pertaining to the administration of vaccination among Indians.
  • The campaign aims to raise awareness about the importance and benefits of vaccine administration, advocating its acceptance and building a strong immunization outreach in the country.
  • The Swasth Immunised India campaign aims to complement the efforts of the government to reach full immunisation coverage through continuous education and awareness.

Significance of the Immunisation

India’s commitment towards vaccination has aided in successfully eradicated deadly diseases like Polio and Smallpox.

WHO states that immunisation prevents 2-3 million deaths every year. But still, 5 lakh kids die every year in India because of diseases preventable by vaccines. India is still home to the highest number of unvaccinated (56%) and incompletely vaccinated children (32%).

Prevalence of myths and misconceptions, lack of information and misinformation has hindered the government efforts to achieve full immunisation. This is resulting in outbreaks of various kinds of illnesses, leading to a growing fatality rate among infants, children and expectant mothers in India. The Swasth Immunised India campaign aims to address these gaps.