It’s World Immunization Week!

The World Health Organization celebrates World Immunization Week!  April 24-30, 2018 aims to highlight the collective action needed to ensure that every person is protected from vaccine-preventable diseases.  This year’s theme: “Protected Together, #VaccinesWork”, encourages people at every level – from donors to the general public – to go further in their efforts to increase immunization coverage for the greater good. –WHO website

National and local events are taking place in recognition of World Immunization Week.  Nationally, the CDC’s National Infant Immunization Week (NIIW) takes place April 21-28, 2018.  This initiative is meant to help promote immunization benefits in newborns and children up to age two.

Locally, CIR and JHVI Director Dr. Ruth A. Karron presents JHVI’s 10th Annual Vaccine Day on April 27, 2018.  Dr. Walter Orenstein, Professor of Medicine, Epidemiology, Global Health, and Pediatrics; Associate Director of the Emory Vaccine Center; and Director of Emory Vaccine Policy and Development will present the keynote address titled: “A Diagonal Approach to Health – Eliminating Measles and Building Health Systems” in the JHBSPH Sheldon Hall, which will be followed by a panel discussion.  A poster session and reception will follow in JHBSPH Feinstone Hall.  Each year Dr. Karron uses this time as an opportunity to shine a spotlight on vaccine research, policy and initiatives that are being worked on within the School of Public Health.