Childhood immunization

Each year, two to three million lives are saved through immunization. However, more than 22 million children still go without basic immunization, leaving them susceptible to life-threatening illness and permanent disability. Immunizing children against vaccine-preventable diseases is an important factor in saving lives, increasing productivity, and alleviating poverty.

PATH is working to provide lifesaving vaccines for children worldwide in order to give every child the chance for a healthy life. Visit PATH's website to learn more about its work in childhood immunization.

View resources on childhood immunization

Key resources

Economic Evaluation of the Routine Childhood Immunization Program in the United States, 2009 (2014)
An article that presents an economic analysis of the US childhood immunization schedule.

WHO Recommendations for Routine Immunization: Summary Tables (2014)
A web page containing summary tables that are designed to assist program managers in developing optimal immunization schedules for all age groups including children.

Featured PATH resources

Childhood Immunization: What You Need to Know (2004)
A report that provides information about diseases and vaccines, extensive questions and answers, and charts comparing disease risk versus vaccine risk.

Realizing the Full Potential of Childhood Immunization: How Health Professionals Can Make a Difference (2000)
A paper with practical suggestions for grassroots initiatives supporting childhood immunization.

Page last updated: April 2014.