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Lifelong vaccination saves up to 3 million people each year

Every minute, 5 lives are saved due to vaccination. However, another 1.5 million deaths can be avoided with better vaccine coverage.

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Lifelong 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. Lifelong vaccination is an essential element in the preservation of long-term health, which is one of the main ways to prevent very serious infectious diseases.[1]

Every minute, 5 lives are saved due to vaccination[2]. However, another 1.5 million deaths could be avoided[3] with better vaccine coverage. "The coverage of the vaccine in Romania for children and adolescents varies between 67 and 92% for different types of antigens, as recommended by the World Health Organization (WHO) is 95% for all categories. And if we look at the coverage of the influenza vaccine, to 6.2% of the population and 21% of the elderly – compared to the WHO recommendation of 75%. The solution to narrow this gap is to understand the importance of lifelong vaccination and 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. "As a health partner, Sanofi Pasteur joins global organizations, the medical community, non-profit organizations and organizations in collective efforts to remind the population of the benefits of immunization and facilitate access to immunization solutions, ongoing investment in improving and expanding its portfolio of vaccines. And we will not stop these efforts until Romania reaches the goals recommended by the WHO"Added Paskal Robin.

8 out of 10 children globally receive basic vaccines

Most children in the world are vaccinated on time, with about 8 out of 10 receiving basic vaccines.[4] While about 116 million children receive vaccines annually, 20 million remain non-immunized-roughly the entire middle-sized population, such as Romania.


Children's vaccines not only protect against infectious diseases, but also help prevent the spread of family and friends infection. Due to the large routine vaccination, serious cases of diseases such as diphtheria, tetanus and measles have been significantly reduced in recent decades[5].

Infectious diseases that can be recommended for vaccination in Romania for all children under 2 years of age may include: diphtheria, hepatitis A, hepatitis B, influenza, measles, mumps, pertussis infection, 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 certain rare but unpredictable infectious diseases with rapid and severe evolution. Specific vaccinations against these types of diseases, as well as booster vaccinations to maintain protection against common infectious diseases, are the most effective way to prevent such situations.

Lifelong vaccination protects the lives of both the immunized and the closest

"The goal of vaccination remains the development of disease prevention. Protection becomes effective if it is applied from the first days of life and especially if it continues throughout our entire life. And inWhile talking about vaccine protection, there are several basic aspects: protecting pregnant women with vaccination during pregnancy, which protects the infant in the first months of life until the baby enters her own vaccination scheme; protection of young and pre-school children 0-6 years, according to a personalized vaccination scheme; teenagers and adults at the age of 14 years – are revaccinated to protect themselves from diseases such as tetanus, diphtheria, convulsive cough (B. pertussis infection), and re-vaccination for 24, 34 and 44 years, as the human body needs reminding or withdrawing your own immune system. Only a responsible, lifelong attitude can help us survive healthy, eliminate the vital risks and protect what we have the most: our children" says Dr. Valeria Herdea, president of the Romanian Association for Pediatric Education in Family Medicine.

Adult vaccination provides lifelong protection against serious illnesses that can affect your health and lead to inability to perform professional, social or family activities. Thus, at this stage, booster vaccination is recommended, including for cough (infection with B. pertussis). Although complications in adults are relatively low, a recent US study found that ~ 85% of infants with B. pertussis took the disease from a family member[6]. This also applies to influenza, a highly contagious disease, which can lead to serious illnesses and deaths in the elderly and infants.

The older age is associated with a high prevalence of chronic conditions, such as diabetes and cardiovascular disease, which can aggravate infectious diseases. People over the age of 65 are at increased risk of developing severe complications of influenza, most of the flu deaths occur within

this age group.[7]

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

On the occasion of the World Health Week (24-30 April 2019), co-ordinated by the World Health Organization and supported by numerous organizations from around the world, Sanofi Pasteur, Sanofi vaccine department, continues the initiatives to inform on the importance of vaccination throughout of life.

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

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

[5] UNICEF. Vaccines lead to 7 diseases under control. [Online] 1996. [Citat:februarie 2018] https: // www.

[6] Skoff TH, Kenyon C, Cocoros N, et al. 4, S.L. : Infant Influenza Sources in the United States. Pediatrics, 2015, Pediatrics, Volume 136, p. 635-641.

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

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