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Fifty Years of Immunization Success Call for 50 More

Global immunization efforts have saved more than 150 million lives over the past half-century. On the 50th anniversary of the World Health Organization's Essential Programme on Immunization, it is worth celebrating these remarkable results and reflecting on what still needs to be done.

GENEVA– There is a good chance that you know one of the 154 million people who over the past 50 years have been saved from a preventable death by routine immunization. You might even be one. In fact, surveying the past half-century, it is hard to identify a public-health tool that has had a more positive impact than vaccination, or one that has done more to promote global health equity.