Posted on Apr 24, 2022
World Immunization Week 2022 - 24 to 30 April
World Immunization Week, celebrated in the last week of April, aims to highlight the collective action needed and to promote the use of vaccines to protect people of all ages against disease.
The World Health Organization (WHO) works with countries across the globe to raise awareness of the value of vaccines and immunization and ensures that governments obtain the necessary guidance and technical support to implement high-quality immunization programmes.
The ultimate goal of World Immunization Week is for more people – and their communities – to be protected from vaccine-preventable diseases.

The World Immunization Week 2022 Campaign

A Long Life for All is not a promise, it's an ambition. 
Because everyone deserves a chance at a fulfilling life.​
One where we're free to pursue happiness. ​
And look back without wondering "What if?". ​

Vaccines have been indiscriminately saving lives since 1796.
The first Smallpox immunization was a fight back against disease.
For the first time, it gave everyone a chance.
And hundreds of vaccines later,​
Across two and a quarter centuries.
Billions of people have lived longer lives.​
Grown up to become firefighters. Doctors. Musicians. ​
Fathers. Mothers. Brothers. Sisters.​
Vaccines might not get credit for that first kiss.
That winning goal.​
That special day.​
That final hug.
But their worth isn't just measured in doses given. ​
It's in minutes given back.​
And lives prolonged.​

Vaccines provide opportunity and hope for all of us to enjoy ​a more fulfilling life. ​
And that's something we should all be fighting for.​
Vaccines, in the pursuit of a long life well lived.​

This World Immunization Week we can spread the message that vaccines provide everyone a chance at a fulfilling life - #LongLifeForAll.

Join us around the theme “Long Life For All” to unify people around the idea that vaccines make it possible for us to follow our dreams, protect our loved ones and live a long, healthy life.

Assets are available in all UN languages and open design files for your adaption to local context, to add your logo and/or for translation into further languages. Please treat as creative commons.

Starting from childhood, vaccines for common diseases like measles, diarrheal diseases and pneumonia allow us to go to school, play with friends and make memories with loved ones. And as we grow up and make new memories, other vaccines like those that protect against the flu or cervical cancer keep people healthy so that they can go to work, travel and spend more time with the people they love. Everyone deserves a chance to live a healthy, fulfilling life – no matter who they are or where they live.

We need to harness the commitment and expertise of programmes, partners, and advocates around the world to close the coverage gaps – and to reach the 23 million children who missed out on basic vaccines in 2020 - the highest number since 2009.


A Brief History of Vaccines

Since at least the 1400s, people have looked for ways to protect themselves against infectious disease. From the practice of “ variolation ” in the 15th century to today’s mRNA vaccines, immunization has a long history. Integral to that history has been the World Health Organization (WHO), whose global vaccine drives through the 20th and 21st centuries have played such a crucial role in reducing serious illness. For World Immunization Week, the WHO has teamed up with Google Arts & Culture and scientific institutions from around the world to bring this history vividly to life with A Brief History of Vaccination.
It’s time to get essential immunization back on track