This week marks World Immunisation Week (24 - 30 April). Immunisation is one of the most effective public health interventions in the world and saves 2 to 3 million lives a year.
Due to the introduction of vaccines in the UK and worldwide there has been a dramatic reduction in the prevalence of life-threatening diseases such as polio, whooping cough, diphtheria, and the complete eradication of smallpox. As research in immunisation progresses so does the development of vaccines and the list of vaccine preventable diseases continues to grows.
In 2015 up to 83% of children worldwide received a vaccination against measles before their first birthday. WHO have released a Global Vaccine Action Plan which aims to increase vaccination coverage and strengthen the vaccination program in order to prevent millions of preventable deaths by the year 2020. If vaccination coverage improves a further 1.5 million lives a year could be saved.
Immunisation is the most cost-effective medical intervention in modern medicine and the BSI fully supports the development of vaccines and promotes the continued success of worldwide immunization.
Highlights of our resources
- Our infographic (see below)
- Vaccination: prevention is better than a cure article. Read all about the history and future of vaccines from our 60th anniversary report.
- Read our policy briefing on vaccinations
- Use our Herd Immunity Postcards as a resource to help us spread the message about the importance of vaccination and how it works
- Use our BiteSized Immunology resource to understand more about vaccine development, HIV-1 vaccines, adjuvants, and the pros and cons of mucosal vaccination.
- Clinical & Experimental Immunology review on Herpes zoster and the search for an effective vaccine
- Clinical & Experimental Immunology paper on Anti-microbial peptide gene expression during oral vaccination: analysis of a randomized controlled trial (free to view)
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