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World Polio Day
October 24 is World Polio Day. Since 1985, polio cases have been reduced by 99%. Visit 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

Immunization protects against an increasing number of diseases, from infancy to old age. With the slogan “Immunize for a healthy future: Know, Check, Protect” for this year’s World Immunization Week (WIW), we encourage you to check whether you, your family, and patients are up-to-date with the vaccines you need.  WIW coincides with the US’ National Infant Immunization Week (NIIW) - a reminder that immunizations, like childhood, are universal!

Check out the scrolling slideshow below to to learn what "know, check, protect" means to our pediatricians.

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