WHO Press Conference
Date: 17 April 2013
10:30 - 11:15
Location: Press Room 1
Subject: World Immunization Week
World Immunization Week, beginning on 20 April, aims to promote one of the world’s most powerful tools for health – the use of vaccines to protect people of all ages against disease.
Under the global slogan "Protect your world – get vaccinated", WHO encourages individuals and organizations working at international, regional, national, and community levels, in the public and private sectors, to coordinate and engage in activities during World Immunization Week.
Immunization Week initiatives began in the Region of the Americas in 2003. The Week was observed simultaneously in WHO’s six regions for the first time in 2012, with the participation of more than 180 countries and territories.
- Dr. Jean-Marie Okwo-Bele, WHO, Director, Immunization, Vaccination and Biologicals