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Translated title of the contribution: National immunization programmes

Thomas Cherian, Carsten Mantel

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Immunization represents one of the most cost-effective means to improve the health and well-being of populations and contribute to sustainable development. Since the inception of the Expanded Programme on Immunization (EPI) in 1974, considerable gains have been made in improving access to vaccination in all countries. However, the full potential of vaccination is yet to be tapped. Health system weaknesses have prevented universal access to vaccination and are a limitation for sustainable use of the increasing array of new vaccines. Fortunately, solutions exist and opportunities are available to strengthen immunization systems and to implement strategies to achieve the vision of universal access to vaccines. National immunization programmes are responsible for the management of immunization at the country level and cover a range of functions from establishing evidence-based policies to financing and procurement of vaccines, vaccine management and logistics, delivery of vaccination services and collection, as well as analysis and use of immunization data. Well-functioning immunization programmes that deliver high-quality services using tailored strategies to meet the needs of different population groups can reap the health benefits of high and equitable coverage with vaccines.

Translated title of the contributionNational immunization programmes
Original languageGerman
Pages (from-to)16-24
Number of pages9
JournalBundesgesundheitsblatt - Gesundheitsforschung - Gesundheitsschutz
Issue number1
StatePublished - Jan 1 2020
Externally publishedYes


  • Expanded Programme on Immunization
  • Health systems
  • Immunization
  • National programmes
  • Vaccine

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Public Health, Environmental and Occupational Health


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