Vaccines Work

Vaccines Work

Vaccines keep children alive and healthy by protecting them from diseases. Those who need immunization the most — the poorest, most vulnerable kids in the world — continue to be the least likely to get it. In numbers, these are the lengths that UNICEF goes to vaccinate the world's children.

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UNICEF vaccinates almost half the world’s children

45%

Immunization saves

2-3 Million

lives each year from deadly childhood diseases like measles, cholera and pneumonia.

UNICEF
and partners support immunization programs in more than

World Globe

100countries

$1

Every dollar spent on childhood immunizations…

 

$44

yields $44 in economic benefits (including savings on medical costs and productivity loss).

Vaccines fight the world's diseases

Maternal and neonatal tetanus,fatal in newborns, has been eliminated in all but

13countries

Elimination Timeline

Years before 2010 Year 2010 Year 2011 Year 2012 Year 2013 Year 2014 Year 2015 Year 2016 Year 2017 Year 2018 Year 2019

In 2018, UNICEF and partners vaccinated

4.7Million
children

against measles.

Countries with highest increases in measles cases between 2017 and 2018

2017

2018

4,782cases

35,120cases

2,407

15,599

0

10,262

Ukraine

Philippines

Brazil

Notable reported measles cases in 2018 in countries with NO reported cases in 2017
(except Brazil - see above)

Moldova

312

Montenegro

203

Colombia

188

Timor-Leste

59

Peru

38

Chile

23

Uzbekistan

17

Vaccines work, but the job isn't done yet

1.5 Million

children die each year because they are not vaccinated.

30%

of deaths among children under age 5 are from vaccine-preventable causes.