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The Partnership for Influenza Vaccine Introduction
Building Flu Vaccination Programs to Save Lives Today and Fight Pandemics Tomorrow
Why Influenza Vaccination?
The seasonal flu is not just an uncomfortable nuisance as many experience it. Each year, seasonal flu causes millions of severe illnesses and thousands of deaths around the world. The elderly, pregnant women, children under the age of 5, people with compromised immune systems and the health care workers are among the most at risk. Read More…
Impeding the Pandemics of Tomorrow
New flu viruses can emerge and are often unpredictable. When a country has a strong vaccine delivery system in place, it is able to efficiently get vaccines out to the populations most at risk. With weak systems, or no systems, the virus can spread and the world is in danger of experiencing a pandemic. A severe pandemic could kill millions and cripple the global economy. PIVI collaborates with countries to strengthen their ability to reliably and quickly deliver vaccine, and save lives.
Coming Together to Curb Influenza Pandemics
Seasonal Flu Programs Lay the Foundation for Pandemic Response
PIVI works with countries to help them build strong, yearly flu vaccination programs. These programs also provide a foundation for tested plans for pandemics, that can quickly be put into action when needed.
PIVI’s Critical Responsibilities
The following are crucial activities PIVI undertakes to ensure the efficient and reliable delivery of vaccines to the populations most at risk when time is of the essence.
Evaluate and Improve Vaccine Programs
We partner with countries to train healthcare workers on flu and vaccine delivery, keeping their frontline of defense healthy and working. We help assess, determine and reach high-risk populations, limiting the impact of the flu on the most vulnerable.
STRENGTHEN POLICY-MAKING PROCESSES
Countries with strong and actionable policies around flu and other diseases are more ready to respond in the event of a pandemic or other epidemic threat.
Organize Communication & Awareness Building Activities
PIVI enhances a partner’s educational activities around the importance of flu vaccines.
Plan for the Next Pandemic
PIVI can help strengthen some of the core areas of pandemic preparedness including the creation of systems to distribute the vaccine and to get the vaccines to people who need them.
Our Work Is Vital
Possible Global Economic Loss from a Large Pandemic
Number of Deaths from Seasonal Flu Annually Around the World
Number Dead from 1918 Spanish Flu – The World’s Last Large Pandemic
Percent of Countries with a National Flu Vaccine Policy
Strengthen Health Systems – Build Vaccine Capacity – Save Lives
PIVI works in partnership with the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), Ministries of Health, corporate partners and others to create sustainable, routine, seasonal influenza vaccination programs in low- and middle-income countries.
Protecting communities from the annual impact of flu, while building up systems to respond to future influenza pandemics and other infectious disease epidemics might seem like a bold undertaking. But we can do it. We must do it. And you can help.