The Immunization in the Americas brochure is published every year by the Comprehensive Family Immunization Project of the Pan American Health Organization (PAHO). Its objective is to highlight the key data on vaccine-preventable diseases and the provision of immunization services in the countries of the Americas.
In May 2012, the 65th World Health Assembly (WHA) endorsed a new Global Vaccines Action Plan (GVAP). GVAP reiterates existing goals in the fight against vaccine-preventable diseases and sets new ones for the decade, with the aim of expanding the benefits of vaccines to all people. With its ambitious goals and its emphasis on monitoring and accountability, GVAP brings immunization data monitoring to the fore front of the global immunization agenda. Since it was first published in 2005, Immunization in the Americas has served as a benchmark for monitoring the progress of national immunization programmes of the Region of the Americas. It will continue serving as the regional immunization data dissemination tool to monitor progress as the GVAP is implemented in the Western Hemisphere.
Published in Global Immunization Newsletter, October 2012.