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World Immunization Week

National Infant Immunization Week, set for April 26 – May 3, 2014, is an annual observance to highlight the importance of protecting against vaccine-preventable diseases. 2014 marks the 20th anniversary of National Infant Immunization Week.

Immunization is one of the most successful and cost-effective health interventions, preventing millions of deaths every year. From infants to seniors, immunization protects against diseases such as diphtheria, measles, pertussis (whooping cough), pneumonia, polio, rotavirus, rubella and tetanus. The benefits of immunization are increasingly being extended to adolescents and adults, providing protection against life-threatening diseases such as influenza, meningitis, and cancers (cervical and liver cancers).

Click on these links to Emerging Infectious Diseases articles and podcasts below and learn more about the latest information on vaccine-preventable diseases.


Carriage Rate and Effects of Vaccination after Outbreaks of Serogroup C Meningococcal Disease, Brazil, 2010

Schmallenberg Virus Antibodies in Adult Cows and Maternal Antibodies in Calves

Efficiency of Points of Dispensing for Influenza A(H1N1)pdm09 Vaccination, Los Angeles County, California, USA, 2009

Epidemic of Mumps among Vaccinated Persons, the Netherlands, 2009–2012

Rapid Increase in Pertactin-deficient Bordetella pertussis Isolates, Australia

Distribution of Pandemic Influenza Vaccine and Reporting of Doses Administered, New York, New York, USA

Regional Variation in Travel-related Illness acquired in Africa, March 1997–May 2011

Etymologia: Pertactin

Hendra Virus Vaccine, a One Health Approach to Protecting Horse, Human, and Environmental Health

Neisseria meningitidis Serogroup W, Burkina Faso, 2012

Special Considerations for Prophylaxis for and Treatment of Anthrax in Pregnant and Postpartum Women

Seven-Valent Pneumococcal Conjugate Vaccine and Nasopharyngeal Microbiota in Healthy Children

Resolution of Novel Human Papillomavirus–induced Warts after HPV Vaccination

Dynamic Modeling of Cost-effectiveness of Rotavirus Vaccination, Kazakhstan

Guillain-Barré Syndrome Surveillance during National Influenza Vaccination Campaign, New York, USA, 2009

Pseudorabies Virus Variant in Bartha-K61–Vaccinated Pigs, China, 2012

Evidence of Vaccine-related Reassortment of Rotavirus, Brazil, 2008–2010

Clinical Profile of Children with Norovirus Disease in Rotavirus Vaccine Era

Emergence of Vaccine-derived Polioviruses, Democratic Republic of Congo, 2004–2011

Ongoing Measles Outbreak in Orthodox Jewish Community, London, UK

Mumps Postexposure Prophylaxis with a Third Dose of Measles-Mumps-Rubella Vaccine, Orange County, New York, USA

Call to Action for Dengue Vaccine Failure

Detection of Novel Rotavirus Strain by Vaccine Postlicensure Surveillance

Duration of Immunity to Norovirus Gastroenteritis

Influence of Pneumococcal Vaccines and Respiratory Syncytial Virus on Alveolar Pneumonia, Israel

Pneumococcal Serotypes before and after Introduction of Conjugate Vaccines, United States, 1999–2011

Wild Poliovirus Importation, Central African Republic

Reemergence of Recombinant Vaccine–derived Polioviruses in Healthy Children, Madagascar

In Memoriam: Alexander I. Klimov (1943–2013)

Changes in Severity of Influenza A(H1N1)pdm09 Infection from Pandemic to First Postpandemic Season, Germany

Risk Factors for Influenza among Health Care Workers during 2009 Pandemic, Toronto, Ontario, Canada

Pale horse, pale rider done taken my lover away

Effect of 10-Valent Pneumococcal Vaccine on Pneumonia among Children, Brazil

Myth Dispelled

Measles Elimination Efforts and 2008–2011 Outbreak, France

Virulence of Pertactin-Negative Bordetella pertussis Isolates from Infants, France

Effects of Vaccine Program against Pandemic Influenza A(H1N1) Virus, United States, 2009–2010

Lessons and Challenges for Measles Control from Unexpected Large Outbreak, Malawi

Rinderpest Virus Sequestration and Use in Posteradication Era

Hepatitis E, a Vaccine-Preventable Cause of Maternal Deaths


Outbreak of a New Strain of Flu at a Fair

Flu-related Hospitalizations by Industry

Pneumococcal Pneumonia and Pandemic H1N1

Invasive Meningococcal Men Y Disease

Additional Resources

Centers for Disease Control and Prevention

World Health Organization