The eleventh celebration of Vaccination Week in the Americas (VWA) was held from 20-27 April 2013.
VWA is an extraordinary effort led by the countries and territories of the Region to advance equity and access to vaccination. VWA activities strengthen the national immunization programs in the Americas by reaching out to populations with little access to regular health services, such as those populations living in urban fringes, rural and border areas and in indigenous communities. Since its inception in 2003, more than 450 million individuals of all ages have been vaccinated during campaigns conducted under the framework of the initiative.
VWA also provides a highly visible platform to raise population awareness regarding the importance of immunization and to keep the topic on the forefront of political agendas. To learn more about VWA and the celebrations that took place in April 2013 and in prior years, please follow the links on this page. Other regions of the World Health Organization (WHO) have also established their own successful Vaccination/Immunization Week initiatives. At the global level, all initiatives are now celebrated simultaneously under the framework of World Immunization Week (WIW), which received the endorsement of the World Health Assembly in 2012.
The 12th celebration of Vaccination Week in the Americas will take place from 26 April - 3 May 2014 with the regional slogan: “Vaccination: Your best shot.” This slogan was chosen to encourage people to protect themselves and the Region against the importation of polio, measles, and other vaccine-preventable diseases, in the context of the upcoming 2014 World Cup in Brazil.
Vaccination Weeks Around the World
- African Vaccination Week
- Eastern Mediterranean Vaccination Week
- European Immunization Week
- South-East Asia Vaccination Week
- Western Pacific Vaccination Week
- Border Health Commission-National Infant Immunization Week (USA-Mexico)
- CDC-National Infant Immunization Week (USA)
- National Immunization Awareness Week (Canada)
- World Immunization Week (World Health Organization)
Links of Interest