Helping protect life
From birth to adulthood
April 1, 2019
Vaccination is one of the many ways you can help protect your loved ones every day.
MSD commends and supports the efforts of global health stakeholders, including the World Health Organization (WHO), in raising awareness about the importance of vaccination and helping to prevent infectious diseases around the world.
Vaccines are one of the greatest public health success stories in history…
and help protect people of all ages against certain diseases.
Vaccines help prevent more than 28 diseases.
Vaccination is estimated to help prevent between 2 and 3 million deaths each year. It is one of the most cost-effective health investments, with proven strategies that make it accessible to even the most hard-to-reach and vulnerable populations.
World Health Organization, 2018
Broader vaccination coverage has eradicated smallpox and significantly decreased the incidence of some vaccine-preventable diseases.
is on the brink of eradication. In 1988, polio was estimated to have paralyzed more than 350,000 people every year. Since that time, polio case numbers have decreased by over 99%.
existed for at least 3,000 years and was one of the world’s most feared diseases until it was declared eradicated in 1979 after the success of a global vaccination program.
However there is more work to do…
According to the WHO, among the top global health threats for 2019 is vaccine hesitancy – the reluctance or refusal to vaccinate despite the availability of vaccines – which threatens to reverse progress made in tackling vaccine-preventable diseases.
Targets for the Global Vaccine Action Plan to eliminate certain diseases by 2020 are
Globally, an estimated 19.9 million children in 2017 had not received all recommended vaccines.
Additionally, with a growing aging population, there is a public health need to increase the focus on adult vaccination.