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9:26 am
Wed April 25, 2012

Local Students Support World Immunizations

A map from the World Health Organization shows immunization coverage with measles-containing vaccines in infants.

 

A handful of Jefferson County Public Schools students are walking today in support of World Immunization Week.

The campaign targets the estimated 1.7 million children that will die this year from diseases that have “all but disappeared in the U.S.”  One in five children around the world do not have access to the life-saving immunizations needed to survive, according to the Shot@Life website. The map above shows data from the World Health Organization (WHO) on immunization coverage with measles-containing vaccines in infants.

The “World Immunization Week” is a campaign led by WHO, and along with it the Shot@Life campaign is launching this week to raise awareness of immunization issues affecting other countries.

As Time Magazine reports, while some diseases like measles have increased in areas of the world, deaths by measles has actually declined the past decade.

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