The countries of the Americas, with support from the Pan American Health Organization (PAHO), have made remarkable progress in providing children with an umbrella of protection against basic vaccine-preventable diseases. Sustained high national immunization coverage levels, the eradication of polio, the interruption of endemic measles virus transmission, and the more recent efforts towards rubella and congenital rubella syndrome elimination are hemispheric benchmarks of this progress.
Countries are now vaccinating age groups outside those usually targeted in the traditional childhood immunization program. Introducing seasonal influenza vaccine in adult populations at risk, vaccinating adolescents and adults, men and women for rubella elimination, and defining the disease burden of cervical cancer are activities that support the critical need for national immunization programs to transition from child to family immunization.
In support to countries, one of PAHO's roles is to disseminate information that can highlight progress and challenges faced in the Region. To that end, PAHO regularly publishes a number of technical documents related to immunization. These are the Immunization Newsletter, our series of immunization training modules, and our Field Guide series for rubella, measles, polio, neonatal tetanus, pentavalent vaccine, and yellow fever.
Disclaimer: The data published in the brochure "Immunization in the Americas" may have been updated by the countries, after publication. To see the most up-to-date data, please click here.
The Immunization Newsletter is published in English, Spanish, French, and Portuguese by the Comprehensive Family Immunization Unit of the Pan American Health Organization (PAHO), Regional Office for the Americas of the World Health Organization (WHO). Its purpose is to facilitate the exchange of ideas and information concerning immunization programs in the Region, in order to promote greater knowledge of the problems faced and their possible solutions. Prior to 2015, the Immunization Newsletter was published every two months, but it is currently being published quarterly.
Forty years of the Immunization Newsletter (1979 - 2019)Immunization Newsletter celebrates 40 years and is now available in Portuguese!
May 2019 marks the 40th anniversary of the Immunization Newsletter! Started by Ciro de Quadros and PAHO´s Expanded Program on Immunization (EPI), the first issue of the Immunization Newsletter was published in English and Spanish in May 1979. Over the past decades, the Newsletter´s audience has grown to reach 7,000 people across 138 countries all over the world.