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04 August 2011

Immunisation: keeping them safe

Before the advent of immunisation, outbreaks of disease were greatly feared as posing an enormous risk to people’s lives – especially children’s.

Before the advent of immunisation, outbreaks of disease were greatly feared as posing an enormous risk to people’s lives – especially children’s. It is estimated that now, immunisation prevents between two and three million deaths globally every year.

The World Health Organization’s (WHO) Expanded Programme of Immunization (EPI) encourages vaccination against measles, polio, pertussis (whooping cough), diphtheria, tetanus and tuberculosis. South Africa’s immunisation schedule (EPI-SA) is in line with the WHO’s recommendations of how children should be vaccinated.

 
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