General information

Standard immunization currently averts an estimated two to three million deaths every year in all age groups. Innovative technology solutions that help to ensure vaccine effectiveness, efficiency, safety, and storage are enabling immunization programs to save even more lives. Without vaccines, as well as safe and effective vaccine distribution systems and delivery practices, disease would become more rampant, the public health system would be overburdened with treatment costs, and deaths—particularly in children—would increase dramatically. Immunization is therefore a valuable tool for protecting health, enhancing economic security and political stability, and saving lives.

PATH works to reach communities most in need with lifesaving vaccines, with wide-ranging projects to develop, improve, deliver, and increase support for vaccines. Visit PATH’s website to learn more about its work on vaccines.  

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Key resources

WHO Recommendations for Routine Immunization: Summary Tables (2013)
Summary tables designed to assist program managers in developing optimal immunization schedules using key information from the World Health Organization.

The Pink Book—Epidemiology and Prevention of Vaccine-Preventable Diseases (2012)
A book that provides comprehensive information on vaccine-preventable diseases.

Featured PATH resources

A History of Vaccines (2013)
A fact sheet on the history of vaccines that gives a brief overview of disease rates before and after the development of vaccines.

Understanding Vaccines (2013)
A fact sheet that describes how vaccines work and provides an overview of the different types of vaccines.

Page last updated: October 2013.