This week (24 - 30 April 2019) marks World Immunisation Week. Immunisation is one of the most effective and safest public health interventions in the world and saves between 2 and 3 million lives per year. In the UK, many diseases such as polio and diphtheria have been dramatically reduced due to the introduction of vaccines - there hasn't been a case of polio in the UK since the mid-1990s - although these diseases are still endemic in some countries. Worldwide vaccination coverage is currently 85% - however, an additional 1.5 million deaths could be avoided if we increase this.
Immunisation is the most effective medical intervention in modern medicine and the BSI fully supports the development of vaccines and promotes the continued success of worldwide immunisation. For World Immunisation Week, the BSI have pooled a range of resources related to immunisation and will be posting on social media throughout the week.
- Download our public information guide - Guide to childhood immunisation
- Watch our videos about vaccines - you can learn how vaccines work, how vaccines have reduced disease and what herd immunity is.
- Take a look at our public engagement resources on vaccines for ideas for activities you can use to teach kids about how vaccines work and herd immunity
- Go to our BiteSized Immunology page to learn more about the science behind vaccines
- Our journal, Clinical & Experimental Immunology, is due to publish a new review series on 'Vaccines against emerging pathogens'. A selection of articles from that series can be found below - all articles are free to view:
- Sharpe et al. HLA‐E: exploiting pathogen‐host interactions for vaccine development Clin Exp Immunol https://doi.org/10.1111/cei.13292
- Morici et al. Novel multi‐component vaccine approaches for Burkholderia pseudomallei Clin Exp Immunol https://doi.org/10.1111/cei.13286
- Wallis et al. Novel approaches for the design, delivery and administration of vaccine technologies Clin Exp Immunol https://doi.org/10.1111/cei.13287
- Miquel-Clopes et al. Mucosal vaccines and technologies Clin Exp Immunol https://doi.org/10.1111/cei.13285
- Williamson & Westlake Vaccines for emerging pathogens: prospects for licensure Clin Exp Immunol https://doi.org/10.1111/cei.13284
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