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Vaccines are all about protecting kids! This World Immunization Week, read the personal stories of several key advocacy partners, including the American Academy of Pediatrics! Emory University Associate Professor of Pediatrics in the Division of Pediatric Infectious Diseases, Rana Chakraborty, recounts why he cares so much about vaccines.


Link to additional stories from the field throughout World Immunization Week by following #ProtectingKids on Twitter!

NEW: Clinical Report: How Pediatricians can Help Stop Polio Forever
In a clinical report, “Eradicating Polio: How the World’s Pediatricians Can Help Stop this Crippling Illness Forever,” published in the January 2015 Pediatrics (published online Dec. 29), the AAP outlines the key elements of a polio eradication endgame. A key component of the plan will be to stop the use of oral polio vaccine, because the attenuated virus rarely can cause polio. Implementing the plan will require funding to cover the increased cost of inactivated polio vaccine, infrastructure to support administering vaccine by injection rather than oral drops, and capacity for cold storage of the vaccine. Pediatricians in the U.S. can help ensure polio is eliminated by vaccinating patients who are traveling internationally, and considering polio in the differential diagnosis of children presenting with polio-like symptoms.

East African pediatricians speak for one for vaccines
In early December, the East African Paediatric Association (EAPA) and Kenya Paediatric Assocation (KPA) in collaboration with the American Academy of Pediatrics and Royal College of Paediatrics and Child Health, hosted a global vaccine meeting in Nairobi, Kenya. AAP Global Immunization Project Advisory Committee Chair, Meg Fisher, MD, FAAP, served as faculty along with representatives from EAPA, KPA, Gavi, and others organizations. The meeting resulted in a call to action from African paediatricians to ensure a full investment in immunization efforts for child health.

Nepal introduces IPV
In September, Nepal became the first Gavi-eligible country to introduce the inactivated polio vaccine (IPV). The introduction as a component of the routine immunization schedule in Nepal is part of the worldwide roll-out of the vaccine across 126 countries by the end of 2015 – one of the largest and fastest globally-coordinated vaccine introduction projects in history. This move to strengthen immunization systems by Nepal’s Ministry of Health and Population is an important step in ensuring that children, no matter where they are born, will never again suffer from this debilitating disease.

Immunization protects against an increasing number of diseases, from infancy to old age. With the slogan “Immunize for a healthy future: Know, Check, Protect” for this year’s World Immunization Week (WIW), we encourage you to check whether you, your family, and patients are up-to-date with the vaccines you need.  WIW coincides with the US’ National Infant Immunization Week (NIIW) - a reminder that immunizations, like childhood, are universal!

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