Nicaragua is a PIVI success story. The country received vaccines in the early days of PIVI’s formation through initial collaboration between the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, the Pan American Health Organization (PAHO), and Walgreens in 2013. The Ministry of Health used the donated vaccine to help vaccinate more pregnant women through Nicaragua’s national flu vaccination program. After PIVI formally launched in 2014, Nicaragua received 33,000 doses of vaccine and expanded its flu program to include all pregnant women in the country.
During the 2014 vaccination campaign, PIVI and the Ministry of Health achieved very high coverage. More than 90% of pregnant women in the Managua district were vaccinated. With PIVI support, more than 52,000 pregnant women in Nicaragua have been protected against seasonal influenza since 2013. Nicaragua continues to offer the vaccine to the majority of pregnant women in the country.