Global and international organizations providing immunization information
| Asociación Española de Pediatría (AEP): Portal de Vacunas
Audience: Spanish-speaking health-care professionals, parents, and
This is the official site of the Spanish Association of Pediatrics
Advisory Committee on Vaccines (ACV), which consists of a panel of
immunization and vaccine-preventable disease experts. Information on
the site, which has full free access, is structured by target group
(health-care professionals, the general public and the media). There
are sections on immunization schedules, vaccine-preventable diseases
and vaccine safety. Parents can activate personal calendar alerts for
their children. Both the public and professionals can interact with
the ACV through an interactive question and answer section. The AEP,
founded in 1949, is the largest pediatric organization in Spain, with
more than nine thousand pediatricians and pediatric surgeons.
Española de Vacunología (AEV)
Audience: health-care professionals, the general public
including parents and patients, and the media
The aim of this web site is to be
an essential source of information on diseases prevented through
on vaccine development and vaccine safety. Vacunas.org includes official
vaccination schedules, publications of interest, information about
vaccination campaigns, links to other web sites of interest,
and many question and
answer pages on the history, concept, effectiveness and safety of
vaccines. The AEV issues a monthly electronic newsletter which
provides the abstracts
of the latest scientific papers and other news on vaccination-related
topics translated into Spanish. It has also launched Shared in Common
Vaccines to promote immunization where it is most
needed. The mission of the AEV is to provide the public, health professionals,
policy-makers and the media with up-to-date, scientifically valid
information related to immunization to help them understand the issues
and to make
informed decisions. It is a service provided by the Asociación
Española de Vacunología, a Spanish
non-profit organization. The site is updated on a monthly basis.
der Kinder- und Jugendarzte (BVKJ)
Audience: parents, young people, educators, paediatricians and
members of the public
The primary objective of the web site of the Berufsverband der
Kinder- und Jugendarzte e.V. – BVKJ (Professional Association
and Young People's Physicians) is to provide parents, educators, paediatricians and other interested members of the public with
information on the subject of children's and young people's
health. Apart from daily reports on vaccination and other issues,
the web site also provides a comprehensive encyclopaedia on children's
and young people's major diseases, including all the infectious
diseases which can be prevented by vaccination. A main section of
the web site is the chapter entitled "Impfen
schutzt" (Vaccination as a safeguard). This contains comprehensive
vaccination as well as current recommendations provided by the
Vaccination Committee at the Robert Koch Institut in Berlin. Members
of this Committee oversee this section of the web site. The pages
address general questions on vaccination safety such as the correct
time to receive vaccinations and possible contraindications and
reactions to vaccination, as well as providing information on individual
vaccines. The vaccination schedule for Germany can be printed from
the site. The internet service is subject to permanent quality control.
The content is regularly reviewed by an editing committee of the
BVKJ and updated whenever necessary.
and Melinda Gates Foundation
The Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation's Global Health Program is focused
on reducing global health inequities by accelerating the development, deployment,
and sustainability of health interventions that will save lives and dramatically
reduce the disease burden in developing countries. The Foundation has committed
more than $1 billion to projects focused on the prevention and control
of infectious disease. These grants are building coalitions between scientists,
universities, non-profit agencies, and private industry to ensure that
all children have access to vaccines and that new drugs, vaccines, and
diagnostics are developed and deployed. The website includes a number of
story galleries and slides shows.
| Canadian Coalition for Immunization Awareness and Promotion (CCIAP)
Language: English and French
Audience: Parents, adults, health professionals in Canada
The Canadian Coalition for Immunization Awareness & Promotion (CCIAP) is a
partnership of national non-governmental, professional health, consumer,
government and private sector organizations. Its overall aim is to
increase awareness about the benefits of immunization and promote the
understanding and use of vaccines as recommended by the National Advisory
Committee on Immunization. Through its website, CCIAP helps inform
Canadians (health care professionals and the general public) about
immunization by offering a range of resources including publications,
policy statements, a bi-monthly newsletter, and links to outside web-based
references. The website also provides access to a plethora of promotional
materials which are downloadable free of charge and are available in both
official languages of Canada, English and French.
Canadian Paediatric Society's "Caring for Kids"
This website, developed by the Canadian Paediatric Society, provides
information about immunizations and infectious diseases for parents.
Caring for Kids is designed to provide parents with information about
their child's health and well-being.
Nazionale di Epidemiologia Sorveglianza, Promozione della Salute,
Instituto Superiore di Sanita (EpiCentro)
Audience : health-care professionals, physicians, veterinary surgeons,
nurses and any other technical or counseling professionals working in
health institutions at the national,
regional or local level.
Regular visitors also include family associations
the general public. EpiCentro is the website of the National Center of Epidemiology, Surveillance
and Health Promotion (Cnesps) of the National Institute of Health (ISS)
Italy. Targeted mainly at health-care professionals, the objective of the
website is to provide access to epidemiological information while, at the
time, facilitating resource-sharing at a local level. The EpiCentro homepage
contains information on diverse public health issues.
The ISS's National Center of Epidemiology, Surveillance and Health Promotion
promotes research and development in the fields of epidemiology and
biostatistics. At the same time, the center has, as an objective, the
application of research findings to public health programs aimed at protecting
human health and assessing health services.
The Communication Initiative is a partnership between The Rockefeller Foundation,
BBC World Service Trust, CFSC Consortium, The CHANGE Project, CIDA, Exchange,
FAO, Ford Foundation, Johns Hopkins University Center for Communication
Programs, OneWorld, The Panos Institute, PCI, Soul City, The Synergy Project,
UNAIDS, UNICEF, USAID, and WHO. The Initiative publishes an international
health newsletter as part of an email and web network, sign
Without Borders (MSF)
Médecins Sans Frontières (also known as Doctors Without
Borders or MSF) delivers emergency aid to victims of armed conflict,
epidemics, and natural and man-made disasters, and to others who
lack health care due to social or geographical isolation. MSF was
founded in 1971 by a small group of French doctors who believed
that all people have the right to medical care regardless of race,
religion, creed or political affiliation, and that the
needs of these people supersede respect for national borders. MSF
is an international network with sections in 18 countries. Each
year, more than 2,500 volunteer doctors, nurses, other medical professionals, logistics experts, water/sanitation engineers, and
administrators join 15,000 locally hired staff to provide medical
aid in more than 80 countries.
the Vaccine Alliance
Gavi, the Vaccine Alliance focuses the specialist skills of UNICEF, the World Health Organization, the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation, donor
governments, developing countries, the pharmaceutical industry, to save children's lives and protect people's health by increasing access to
immunization in poor countries.
| Global Polio Eradication Initiative
This global polio partnership is spearheaded by the World Health
Organization, Rotary International, the US Centers for Disease Control and
Prevention (CDC) and the United Nations Children's Fund (UNICEF).
Polio News is the initiative's monthly email newsletter.
| Health Protection Agency, United Kingdom of Great Britain and Northern
The Health Protection Agency website includes vaccine coverage statistics
for the United Kingdom, and immunization-related guidelines and training
resources for health professionals. Disease-specific pages provide
information on vaccine-preventable diseases. The HPA is a national
organization for England and Wales dedicated dedicated to protecting
people's health and reducing the impact of infectious diseases, chemical
hazards, poisons and radiation hazards.
| Immunisation Advisory Centre (IMAC)
Audience: parents and care givers, health-care professionals and
The Immunisation Advisory Centre (IMAC) is a non-government organisation
based at the School of Population Health at The University of Auckland.
The aim of the IMAC web site is to provide New Zealanders with a local
source of independent and factual information including benefits and risks
regarding immunisation, and vaccine-preventable disease. The information
provided is based on international and New Zealand medical research and is
supported by a large network of health professionals.
| Immunise Australia
The website of the Australian government's immunization program, which
provides information about immunisation and Australian immunisation
standards, including translations of some materials. See fact sheets and
publications for further information.
Audience: German-speaking health-care professionals, the media and
interested members of the public
The aim of this web site is to be an essential source of latest news on
vaccines and vaccination. It includes background on vaccine-preventable
diseases and vaccine safety and scares. Information on payment of expenses
related to vaccination within the German health-care system is also
available. Obstacles to immunization are openly addressed. The latest
scientific findings from literature or conferences are briefly described.
Detailed reviews are provided by members of the website's scientific board
or guest authors. Comments from editors or members of the scientific board
are published to help readers' understanding. The site provides links to
original sources wherever possible.
Audience: the general public (particularly parents, young people, adults,
seniors and patients), the media and health-care professionals
The aim of this web site is to provide up-to-date information about
vaccination, categorized by target group. Background information on
general immunization issues, vaccine-preventable diseases and the national
immunization schedule for Germany are provided. Focus is given to specific
topics, such as human papillovmavirus and rotavirus vaccination, on a
regular basis. Information about payment of expenses related to
vaccination within the German health-care system is also given.
Indian Academy of Pediatrics Committee on Immunisation (IAPCOI)
Audience: Pediatricians, parents, government agencies, industry and
health care professionals in India. The Indian Academy of Pediatrics (IAP)
is the largest organization of pediatricians in India. This is the
official website of IAP's Committee on Immunization (IAPCOI) to
provide up-to-date information on vaccination to both general public
and heath care professionals. It also includes information for
travelers on vaccination.
Language: French, German
Audience: health-care professionals, the general public (including
patients) and the media.
Via a user-friendly interface, this web site provides answers
concerning all the vaccines recommended in Switzerland. It
is run by InfoVac, a
network of experts led by the Medical Faculty of Geneva University.
For professionals, the site provides a list of past and present
fact sheets for distribution to patients, and all official
related documents and
recommendations. Furthermore, health-care professionals from
register to receive rapid responses from experts on any vaccine-related
questions as well as monthly newsletters.
For the public, the site provides information (including
brochures, photos and
videos) on vaccine-preventable diseases, vaccines, and immunization.
There is a
comprehensive section dealing with vaccine safety concerns,
frequently asked questions followed by substantiated scientific
All statements on www.infovac.ch are
reviewed weekly or as often as needed.
Finance Facility for Immunisation (IFFIm)
IFFIm is a new multilateral development institution. The central
aim of IFFIm is to help save more children's lives and to do so faster,
in order to support the achievement of the Millennium Development Goals.
IFFIm has been designed to accelerate the availability of funds to be
used for health and immunisation programmes through the GAVI Alliance
(formerly the Global Alliance for Vaccines and Immunisation) in 70 of
the poorest countries around the world. An anticipated IFFIm investment
of US$4 billion is expected to help prevent five million child deaths
between 2006 and 2015, and more than five million future adult deaths
by protecting more than 500 million children in campaigns against measles,
tetanus, and yellow fever.
| International Vaccine Access Center (IVAC)
The Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health has established IVAC
to increase access to lifesaving vaccines by overcoming many of the
obstacles that often delay vaccine usage and distribution. IVAC will also
serve as a source of vaccine policy information and analysis and will
develop and use evidence to advocate for improved global health policies
and their implementation. Projects undertaken by IVAC are supported by
grants from the GAVI Alliance and the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation. For
general inquiries, email: email@example.com
Vaccine Confidence Project
From the London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine and funded by the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation, the purpose of the project is to monitor public
confidence in immunization programs by building an information surveillance system for early monitoring and detection of public concerns around vaccines;
applying a diagnostic tool to data collected to determine the risk level of public concerns in terms of their potential to disrupt vaccine programs; and,
finally, by detecting public concerns early, to provide analysis and guidance for early response and engagement with the public to ensure sustained
confidence in vaccines and immunization. This initiative is also defining a Vaccine Confidence Index (VCI) as a tool for countries.
| Malaria Vaccine Initiative (MVI)
MVI is a global program of the international nonprofit organization PATH.
MVI was established in 1999 through a grant from the Bill & Melinda Gates
Foundation. The mission of MVI is to accelerate the development of malaria
vaccines and ensure their availability and accessibility in the developing
world. To contact, email: firstname.lastname@example.org
| Measles & Rubella Initiative
Founded in 2001 as the Measles Initiative, the Measles & Rubella Initiative is a global partnership committed to ensuring that no child dies from measles or
is born with congenital rubella syndrome. It is led by the American Red Cross, the United Nations Foundation, the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and
Prevention, UNICEF, and the World Health Organization. Other key players in the fight against measles include the International Federation of Red Cross and
Red Crescent Societies, and countries and governments affected by measles.
Audience : health professionals and the public
This website's aim is to be an essential source of
scientific public health
information for the Autonomous Community of the Region of
Murcia (Spain). The
vaccination section includes official vaccination schedules,
interest, information about vaccination campaigns and immunization
links to other web sites of interest, and many Question & Answer
pages on the
history, concept, effectiveness and safety of vaccines.
The Murcia Salud web site is maintained by the Regional Government
The section related to vaccines is revised and updated by
members of the Health
Protection Service and the Immunization Programme of Murcia
and particularly when relevant scientific papers appear or
when modifications to
the Immunization Program are introduced.
The web site is funded exclusively by the Regional Government
National Centre for Immunisation Research and Surveillance of Vaccine
Preventable Diseases (NCIRS)
Audience: immunization providers, general public, students, government
The role of the National Centre for Immunisation Research and
Surveillance of Vaccine Preventable Diseases (NCIRS) is to foster the
translation and creation of evidence needed to inform best practice in
the control of vaccine preventable diseases in Australia. The scope of
the work of NCIRS includes clinical, epidemiologic and social research
relevant to vaccine-preventable diseases. Resources provided on the
NCIRS website include fact sheets on vaccine preventable diseases and
vaccine safety, Australian vaccination coverage estimates, educational
slide presentations, and a comprehensive list of publications produced
by the Centre. The website also provides a description of the research
groups within NCIRS.
National Immunisation Programme of the Health Service Executive of Ireland
The Health Service Executive has overall responsibility for providing
health and personal social services for the Republic of Ireland. This
website provides accurate, up-to-date, factual information on childhood
and adult immunization, in the context of the Irish National Immunisation
Programme. There is a comprehensive section for health professionals which
includes the national immunization guidelines, as well as disease-specific
information and immunization schedules in a variety of languages. The site
also includes a section on frequently asked questions as well as extensive
links to national and international sites.
| NHS Immunisation Information
The NHS (National Health Service) is responsible for providing health
services in the public sector in the United Kingdom of Great Britain and
Northern Ireland. A comprehensive website about immunization, vaccines and
the diseases against which they protect. The site provides a guide to
vaccinations for children, teens, and adults.
| NHS Immunisation Scotland
Audience: Parents, adults, young people, children and health professionals
Immunisation Scotland is a national resource that provides patients and
members of the public with a range of useful information about
immunisation in Scotland, be it for themselves, family, or friends. It is
the official immunisation site of the national, public health service in
Scotland. The site highlights why immunisation is important, when to
immunise, what vaccines are available, and which diseases these protect
against. The site has publications available to download in various
languages, is accessible and has a question and answer section. One of the
features is an interactive immunisation schedule which outlines which
vaccines are available to children throughout their infancy and childhood
years, which diseases these protect against, and when immunisation is
offered. The site also includes a reference section to signpost health
professionals to further information. The site is updated and reviewed on
a regular basis by an editorial group of immunisation specialists.The site
is provided for the NHS in Scotland and the Health Directorate of the
Scottish Government by NHS (National Health Service) Health Scotland. NHS
Health Scotland is Scotland's national agency for improving the health of
Scotland and a Special Health Board of NHS Scotland.
Audience: health-care professionals, parents, and the general public.
"Oltásbiztonság" (i.e. vaccine safety) is an open access web site which
aims to provide reliable and evidence-based
information on vaccines, safe immunization and immunization practices.
The web site contains information targeted at parents and the general
public on vaccine-preventable diseases and immunization
for children and adults. For health-care professionals, it presents the
national immunization schedule, information on
bacterial and viral vaccines registered both in Hungary and centrally by
the European Union, vaccine-related news of
interest, and information on courses and conferences. Detailed information
on registered vaccines can be accessed through
hyperlinks to the database of the National Institute of Pharmacy. The
protocol and reporting schemes of the National
Surveillance System for Adverse Events Following Immunization are also
published on the site. Materials on the site are
prepared by experts of the National Center for Epidemiology (NCE) and
reviewed by an editorial board composed of acknowledged
professionals in the fields of vaccine control, microbiology and
infectious disease epidemiology. Navigation tools are
provided to facilitate searches.
American Health Organization (PAHO)
PAHO is an international public health agency working to improve
health and living standards of the countries of the Americas. The
Pan American Health Organization (PAHO) is an international public
health agency with 100 years of experience working to improve health
and living standards of the people of the Americas. It is part
of the United Nations system, serving as the Regional Office for
the Americas of the World Health Organization, and as
the health organization of the Inter-American System.
Vaccine Resource Library
The Vaccine Resource Library offers a wide variety of high-quality,
scientifically accurate documents and links on vaccine-preventable
diseases and topics in immunization. In addition to resources developed
at PATH, the library contains materials published by international
leaders in public health, including the US Centers for Disease
Control and Prevention, the
World Health Organization, the GAVI Alliance, and many others.
PneumoACTION is a project of the International Vaccine Access Center at
Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health.
PneumoACTION works to improve child survival and health by accelerating
the evaluation of and access to new, lifesaving
pneumococcal vaccines for the world's children. The organization publishes
an online newsletter titled PneumoFocus; click here to
Public Health Agency of Canada
Languages: English, French
Audience: Members of the public and health-care providers
The Public Health Agency of Canada is a federal agency working in
collaboration with provinces and territories. The agency's website
includes an immunization section that features links to the "Canadian
Immunization Guide," vaccine safety questions and answers, National
Advisory Committee on Immunization (NACI) recommendations, immunization
schedules and more.
Cross/Red Crescent Societies
The American Red Cross works with a global network of Red Cross,
Red Crescent, and equivalent societies to restore hope and dignity
to the world's vulnerable people. The Red Cross is one of the sponsors
of the Measles Initiative.
Language: Dutch, with a summary in English
Audience: members of the public and health-care professionals
The Rijksvaccinatieprogramma (National Vaccination Programme of the Netherlands)
was established by the Dutch Government in 1957. The National Institute
Public Health and the Environment advises and evaluates the programme.
coordinates communication to the public and health-care professionals,
collaboration with the Netherlands Vaccine Institute and the National Society
Regional Vaccination Administrations.
The objective of the programme is to protect all children from dangerous
deadly infectious diseases. The Government invites parents to have their
children vaccinated through the national vaccination programme although
participation is not obligatory. The web site was commissioned by the Ministry
of Health, Welfare and Sport. It provides information on the benefit of
vaccinations, how vaccines work, and possible adverse reactions. It also
description of the infectious diseases against which the RVP protects.
addition, the site includes a section with frequently asked questions and
another about the history of the Dutch vaccination programme. Moreover,
contains links for more information
Koch Institute (RKI)
Language: German, some background information available in English
Audience: general public, health-care providers and political decision-makers
The RKI web site on vaccination includes original articles on prevention
programmes, vaccine safety, frequently asked questions, the importance
vaccination, vaccination coverage and recommendations by the Standing Committee
on Vaccination at the Robert Koch Institute (STIKO). Disease-specific pages
provide additional information on vaccine-preventable diseases. Visitors
access more information through links provided.
The Robert Koch Institute is the German federal institution responsible
disease control and prevention.
Rotary is an international organization of business and professional
leaders. In 1985, Rotary International launched PolioPlus, a commitment
to eradicate polio. For more information about the PolioPlus program, click
here or email: email@example.com.
The mission of the Rotavirus Vaccine Program is to reduce child
morbidity and mortality from diarrheal disease by accelerating
the availability of rotavirus vaccines appropriate for use in developing
countries. PATH established the program in 2003, with funding from
GAVI and the Vaccine Fund. The program works in partnership with
CDC and WHO.
Injection Global Network (SIGN)
SIGN is composed of U.N. organizations, nongovernmental organizations,
governments, donors, and universities sharing a common interest
in a safe and appropriate use of injections with the intent to
prevent the adverse effects of unsafe injection practices. SIGNpost
is a weekly, electronic mail newsletter about safe and appropriate
use of injections. To access, go to: www.who.int/injection_safety/newsletter/SIGNPost/en
Language: Spanish and Catalan
Audience: health-care professionals and members of the public, especially
residents of Spain
Siemprevacunados.org is a web site of the Medical Association of Barcelona
(COMB). It is funded by COMB and the European Commission project, Vaccine
- Attitudes, Training and Communication (VACSATC). It has the objective
providing useful information on immunization. The site includes official
vaccination schedules and recommendations and links to other resources
The Medical Association of Barcelona promotes research and development
such as ethics, quality of health information and new communication
Language: Polish (with concise information in English for tourists
Audience: health-care professionals, parents, and the general public.
The Szczepienia.info website presents accurate, up-to-date, evidence-based
information on vaccines and vaccination practices
in relation to the Polish vaccination schedule. Information on the website
is presented in the form of questions and answers
to encourage readers to ask questions on issues not addressed on the
portal. Questions are grouped into chapters on general
immunization topics, and standardized chapters devoted to diseases with
vaccines registered in Poland. All chapters include
references to a list of related publications, most of them being easily
accessible through hyperlinks. Several navigation
tools and an extensive glossary are aimed at improving the accessibility
of site contents for the general public. Each text
is prepared by medical consultants, and verified by editorial team
members. Szczepienia.info has an advisory board composed
of renowned experts in the field of vaccinology. All information on the
site is freely accessible.
| Task Force for Global Health
The Task Force is a nonprofit organization based in Decatur, Georgia.
Since its inception 25 years ago, the task force works to convene people
and organizations from public and private sectors to improve health
conditions for children and families around the world. The task force
implements programs to support better global health in the areas of
infectious diseases, such as polio, malaria, river blindness, HIV/AIDS,
and trachoma. It also helps public health organizations develop and
implement information systems that support improved health and well-being
UK Department of Health
Immunisation is one of the most important weapons for protecting
individuals and the community from serious diseases. The Department's
immunisation team supports the public and health professionals by offering
clear, evidence-based information about different diseases, the possible
side effects of immunisation and available vaccines.
|Viral Hepatitis Prevention Board (VHPB)
VHPB is an independent, international, multi-disciplinary group of
experts working to focus attention on the importance of viral hepatitis
and on how
it. Fact sheets, reports, articles, and the publication Viral Hepatitis
can be accessed from the website.
|This page was updated on January 6,
|This page was reviewed on June 13, 2016.