Today Current Affairs
- World Immunization Week 2022 is being organized from 24-30 April.
- The theme of World Immunization Week 2022 is ‘Longer Life for All’ and aims to unite people to the idea that vaccines make it possible to fulfill our dreams, protect our loved ones and live a long, healthy life.
World Immunization Week – Today Current Affairs
- World Immunization Week is a health campaign coordinated by the World Health Organization (WHO) which is celebrated annually in the last week of April.
- It aims to promote the use of vaccines to protect people of all ages from disease.
- Vaccination represents a global health and development success, saving millions of lives every year.
- There are still about 20 million unvaccinated and under-vaccinated children in the world.
Vaccination more important than ever : The Hindu Analysis
- For more than 200 years, vaccines have protected us from diseases that threaten life and stunt our growth.
- For more than two centuries, vaccines have helped keep people healthy – from the first vaccines developed to protect against smallpox to the latest ones used to prevent severe cases of COVID-19. The Hindu Analysis
- With the help of vaccines, we can progress without the burden of diseases like smallpox and polio, which cost millions of people.
Vaccine Methodology : The Hindu Analysis
- Vaccines train the immune system to make antibodies in the same way that the immune system functions when exposed to an actual disease.
- This is because vaccines contain only dead or weakened forms of microbes, which neither cause disease nor put a person’s life at risk.
- Vaccines are administered at different ages from birth to infancy and vaccination card is given to maintain this record.
- It is important to ensure that all these vaccines are up to date. The Hindu Analysis
- Children can be safely vaccinated in combination (eg for diphtheria, whooping cough and tetanus), to protect children’s lives.
- There may be some minor side effects of the vaccine, such as mild fever, pain or redness at the injection site, which go away on their own within a few days.
- Serious or long-lasting side effects are extremely rare.
- Vaccines can be given safely during mild illness, but children with moderate or severe illness with or without fever may need to wait until recovery to receive a dose.
Recent vaccination initiatives in India : The Hindu Analysis
- Universal Immunization Program
- Intensive Mission Indradhanush (IMI) 3.0 Scheme
- Pulse Polio Program