Survey of national immunization programs and vaccine coverage rates in Asia Pacific countries

Chun Yi Lu, Mathuram Santosham, Pham Le An, Ang Kim, Lulu Bravo, Sri Rezeki Hadinegoro, Zulkifli Ismail, Somsak Lolekha, Usa Thisyakorn, Bee Wah Lee, John Wecker

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Abstract

Children in the Asia Pacific region are still suffering from certain vaccine-preventable diseases. The current study surveyed the national immunization programs and vaccine uptake of traditional and newly developed vaccines in 12 countries in this area. The results showed children in most countries were well protected from conventional vaccine-preventable diseases, while immunization programs for certain diseases such as poliovirus or measles should be strengthened in certain countries. Protection against pneumococcus, rotavirus, and human papillomavirus infections were obviously inadequate in most of the countries in the region. Promoting coverage of newly developed vaccines will benefit a great number of children in this area.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)2250-2255
Number of pages6
JournalVaccine
Volume30
Issue number13
DOIs
StatePublished - Mar 16 2012

Keywords

  • Asia Pacific
  • Immunization
  • Preventable diseases
  • Vaccines

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Molecular Medicine
  • Immunology and Microbiology(all)
  • veterinary(all)
  • Public Health, Environmental and Occupational Health
  • Infectious Diseases

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