Immunisation Schedule For Developing Countries
Globally, infectious diseases are responsible for more than two-thirds of the estimated 12 million deaths annually in children under five years of age. Current delivery of immunisation services prevents three million deaths worldwide (1). Many more deaths can be prevented by optimal use of existing vaccines. Childhood pneumonia and diarrhoea are the number one and number two killers in children in the developing world. New vaccines have just been introduced against Streptococcus pneumoniae, which would prevent deaths due to pneumonia. These new conjugate vaccines are expensive. A look at where we are in prevention of some of these diseases may help to make immunisation priorities clearer.