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"We are a global community, and vaccine-preventable diseases, such as polio and measles, that still occur in other parts of the world can and will appear in the United States unless we support local and global immunization initiatives." -- Bonnie Maldonado, MD, FAAP

Immunization coverage in the United States tops 90% for all childhood vaccines. Many state governments operate programs which provide access to low-cost or free vaccines, and the federal government allocates funding for domestic immunization initiatives and also for immunization research and safety programs.

The immunization coverage levels of several nations across the globe are drastically lower than those in the US. The American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP) advocates for the health of all children, including those outside of the United States. In 2011, the AAP launched its initial efforts to take on global immunization challenges. Specifically, the AAP seeks to provide its membership with the tools necessary to educate and advocate at the local level for global immunization issues.

Infectious diseases don't have boundaries, and one of the best ways to eliminate disease outbreaks or re-introduction of diseases in the US is to ensure all children in the world have access to immunizations. The first decade of the 21st century has been the most productive in the history of vaccine development, but unfortunately, one in five children globally still does not have access to vaccines.