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World Polio Day
October 24 is World Polio Day. Since 1985, polio cases have been reduced by 99%. Visit EndPolio.org to get involved in the World Polio Day efforts! You can join the social media discussion, submit a letter to the editor, or join Rotary's livestream event.
Nepal introduces IPV
In September, Nepal became the first Gavi-eligible country to introduce the inactivated polio vaccine (IPV). The introduction as a component of the routine immunization schedule in Nepal is part of the worldwide roll-out of the vaccine across 126 countries by the end of 2015 – one of the largest and fastest globally-coordinated vaccine introduction projects in history. This move to strengthen immunization systems by Nepal’s Ministry of Health and Population is an important step in ensuring that children, no matter where they are born, will never again suffer from this debilitating disease.
Immunizations at the 69th United Nations General Assembly
Global health, including child immunization, was among the key areas of focus during events at the 69th General Assembly of the United Nations, with senior leadership of Gavi, the Vaccine Alliance speaking at events throughout the week.
New Report from US National Vaccine Advisory Committee
The National Vaccine Advisory Committee (NVAC) recently released a new report, “Enhancing the work of the HHS National Vaccine Program in Global Immunizations.” This report, endorsed by the American Academy of Pediatrics, makes recommendations to Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) for the support and advancement of global immunization systems and goals.
Read more about the publication and how the Academy supports global immunizations.
Check out the scrolling slideshow below to to learn what "know, check, protect" means to our pediatricians.
- Contact your Member of Congress and ask them to support global immunization funding (AAP Member ID required)
- Tweet and facebook post about why immunizations matter (Follow @AmerAcadPeds!)
- Share WIW posters on your social media channels (available in multiple languages)
- Submit an Op-Ed or Letter to the Editor to your local paper
- Learn more about the Academy's domestic immunization efforts
- Tell your story to colleagues, students, and fellow AAP members through an e-mail or blog; we can help you draft it!