Vaccine preventable deaths and the Global Immunization Vision and Strategy, 2006-2015

MMWR Morb Mortal Wkly Rep. 2006 May 12;55(18):511-5.


Immunization is among the most successful and cost-effective public health interventions. Immunization programs have led to eradication of smallpox, elimination of measles and poliomyelitis in regions of the world, and substantial reductions in the morbidity and mortality attributed to diphtheria, tetanus, and pertussis. The World Health Organization (WHO) estimates that 2 million child deaths were prevented by vaccinations in 2003. Nonetheless, more deaths can be prevented through optimal use of currently existing vaccines. This report summarizes estimates of deaths attributed to vaccine-preventable diseases (VPDs) and vaccination coverage by WHO region and outlines the Global Immunization Vision and Strategy developed by WHO and the United Nations Children's Fund (UNICEF) and partners for implementation during 2006-2015.

MeSH terms

  • Global Health*
  • Healthy People Programs / organization & administration
  • Humans
  • Immunization Programs / organization & administration*
  • United Nations
  • Vaccination* / statistics & numerical data