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Lifetime vaccination saves up to 3 million people each year

Every minute five lives are saved due to vaccination. However, another 1.5 million deaths can be avoided by better vaccine coverage.

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Lifetime vaccination saves up to 3 million people each year

At the World Immunization Week SANOFI Romania continues its efforts to inform about the importance of vaccination from childhood to adulthood. Life-long vaccination is an essential element in preserving long-term health as one of the main ways to prevent very serious infectious diseases.[1]

Every minute five lives are saved due to vaccination[2]However, another 1.5 million deaths can be avoided[3] better coverage of vaccines. "The range of vaccines in Romania for children and adolescents varies between 67 and 92% for different types of antigens, as the World Health Organization (WHO) recommends for all 95% categories. And if we look at the scope of the influenza vaccine, the percentage decreases to 6.2% of the population and 21% of the elderly – compared to the WHO recommendation of 75%. The decision to reduce this difference is to understand the importance of lifelong vaccination and the access to the latest standards for protection against infectious diseases for all age groups."Says Pascal Robin, President of Sanofi Romania and Moldova, and General Director of the Local Vaccine Division. "As a health partner, Sanofi Pasteur joins global organizations, the medical community, NGOs and organizations in collective efforts to remind the population of the benefits of immunization and to facilitate access to immunization solutions by constantly investing in improving and expanding the portfolio of vaccines. And we will not stop these efforts until Romania has reached the goals recommended by the WHO"Added Pascal Robin.

8 out of 10 children worldwide receive basic vaccinations

Most children worldwide are immunized on time, with about 8 out of 10 receiving major vaccines.[4] Although about 116 million children receive their vaccines per year, 20 million remain unimmunized – roughly the entire population of a medium-sized country such as Romania.


Vaccines for children not only protect against infectious diseases but also help stop the spread of infection to family and friends. Due to the large-scale routine vaccination, serious cases of diseases such as diphtheria, tetanus and measles have declined significantly in recent decades.[5],

Infectious diseases for which vaccination in Romania of all children under the age of 2 may be recommended may include: diphtheria, hepatitis A, hepatitis B, flu, measles, mumps, pertussis, polio, rubella, tetanus, rotavirus infection , varicella, pneumonia, pneumococcal meningitis, tuberculosis.

Vaccination protects young people from infectious diseases

Adolescents are at high risk of contracting and transmitting some rare but unpredictable infectious diseases with rapid and severe evolution. Specific vaccination against these types of illnesses as well as booster vaccination to protect against common infectious diseases are the most effective way to prevent such situations.

Prolonged vaccination protects the lives of the immunized and loved ones

"The purpose of vaccination remains the development of disease protection. Protection becomes effective if it is applied from the first days of life and especially if it lasts throughout our lives, And cWhile we are talking about vaccine protection, there are several important aspects: protecting pregnant women through vaccination during pregnancy, thus protecting the newborn baby during the first months of life while the baby enters its own vaccination schedule; protection of the child and pre-school child 0-6 years according to the personalized vaccination scheme; teenage, diphtheria, convulsive cough (B. pertussis infection), and revaccination at 24, 34 and 44 years, as well as the need to remind or retreat from your own immune system. Only responsive lifelong attitudes can help us survive healthy, eliminate vital risks, protect the most valuable: our children" says Dr. Valeria Herdea, President of the Romanian Association for Family Education in Family Medicine.

Adult vaccination provides lifelong protection against serious illnesses that can affect your health and make it impossible for you to carry out professional, social or family activities. Thus, booster vaccination is recommended at this stage, including for cough (infection with B. pertussis). Although complications in adults are relatively low, a recent US study shows that ~ 85% of children with B. pertussis have taken the disease from a family member.[6]This also applies to influenza, a highly contagious disease that can lead to serious illness and mortality among adults and infants.

Older age is associated with a high incidence of chronic conditions such as diabetes and cardiovascular disease, which can be aggravated by infectious diseases. People aged over 65 have an increased risk of developing severe complications of influenza, most of the flu deaths occurring within the

this age group.[7]

SANOFI, through its Sanofi Pasteur Division, is one of the largest vaccine manufacturers in the world, distributing over 1 billion doses annually, helping to vaccinate more than 500 million people around the world. Sanofi Pasteur's portfolio in Romania provides protection against infectious diseases such as diphtheria, tetanus, pertussis, hepatitis A and B, polio, as well as invasive diseases caused by Haemophilus influenzae type b (Hib), rabies, typhoid fever, yellow fever and seasonal influenza.

On the occasion of the World Health Week (24-30 April 2019), coordinated by the World Health Organization and endorsed by numerous organizations around the world, Sanofi Pasteur, the SANOFI vaccine department, continues its initiatives to inform about the importance of lifelong vaccination .

More details on the importance of vaccination can be found here:

[2] Rappuoli R, Pizza M et al. Vaccines, new opportunities for a new society. Notifications of the National Academy of Sciences of the United States of America. 2014, 34 (111): 12288-12293.

[5] UNICEF. Vaccines control 7 diseases. [Online] 1996. [Citat:februarie 2018] HTTPS: // WWW.

[6] Skoff TH, Kenyon C, Cocoros N, et al. 4, S.L. Sources of childhood pertussis infection in the United States. Pediatrics, 2015, Pediatrics, Vol. 136, pp. 635-641.

[7] Toumi M and Ricciardi W. The economic value of the vaccination. Journal of Market Access and Health Policy, 2015, Volume 3, p. 3402

Key Aspects of Vaccination

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