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World Immunisation Week 2023: Nigeria Can Achieve the Big Catch-Up

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By Thelma Chioma Abeku and Olayemi Amusile (Lead Writers)

References

World Health Organization (2019), Immunization, Available here:
World Health Organization (2023), Global Health Observatory, Available here:
World Health Organization (2023), World Immunization Week 2023- The Big Catch Up, Available here

COVID 19 impact on Immunization

The Federal Ministry of Health, Multi-Source Data Analytics & Triangulation (MSDAT) Platform, Available here.

National Immunization Coverage

The Guardian, Nigeria: States adopt integrated vaccination strategy to reach unimmunized children, Available here
UNICEF (2023), Closing the gap: UNICEF bolsters country efforts to increase HPV Vaccination, unicef.org/supply/stories/closing-gap-unicef-bolsters-country-efforts-increase-hpv-vaccination.
World Economic Forum (2023), Malaria vaccines provide new hope in fight against the disease, Available here

Why Nigeria Needs to Catch Up?

2021 Nigeria Multiple Indicator Cluster Survey (MICS) & National Immunization Coverage Survey (NICS), Available here

Obstacles to achieving full immunisation coverage.

Ophori EA, Tula MY, Azih AV, Okojie R, Ikpo PE. Current trends of immunization in Nigeria: prospect and challenges. Trop Med Health. 2014 Jun;42(2):67–75. doi: 10.2149/tmh.2013–13. Epub 2014 Apr 23. PMID: 25237283; PMCID: PMC4139536.
Relief Web (2022), Scaling up routine immunization coverage in Nigeria.

Reasons why children are not fully vaccinated:

Ophori EA, Tula MY, Azih AV, Okojie R, Ikpo PE. Current trends of immunization in Nigeria: prospect and challenges. Trop Med Health. 2014 Jun;42(2):67–75. doi: 10.2149/tmh.2013–13. Epub 2014 Apr 23. PMID: 25237283; PMCID: PMC4139536, Available here.
World Health Organisation (2023), Member States Information Session — The global immunization “Big Catch-Up” effort, Available here

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