Disease information

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The Global Alliance for Vaccines and Immunization aims to widen access to children's vaccines.Our focus is on a selected list of vaccines that could make a major impact on global disease burden if they were universally available.

In this section, we provide basic information about the diseases and vaccines and links to other sites for more detailed information, as well as links within the site to GAVI initiatives that deal with specific disease.

Diseases are split into three categories (see side panel):

Diseases for which vaccines are available now

Diseases for which vaccines are expected to be available shortly

Diseases for which more research is needed to develop vaccines

Additional information

Annual deaths from vaccine-preventable diseases

Progress Towards Global Immunization Goals

Click here to go to the WHO website for the latest statistics and graphics on immunization coverage from WHO.

Click here for more on the GAVI agendas to accelerate the development and introduction of three vaccine products.

At a glance

Vaccine-preventable disease statistics

Glossaire des infections a prévention vaccinale

'Traditional' or 'basic' vaccines

  • Polio
  • Diphtheria
  • Pertussis
  • Tetanus
  • Measles

Under-used vaccines

  • Haemophilus influenzae b (Hib)
  • Hepatitis B
  • Yellow fever

Vaccines that are expected to be available shortly

  • Pneumococcus (Streptococcus pneumoniae)
  • Rotavirus
  • Meningococcal A/C conjugate

Other vaccines

  • Japanese encephalitis

Vaccines for which more research is needed

  • Malaria
  • HIV
  • Tuberculosis


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