World Health Organization (WHO) Immunization

Vaccine preventable diseases account for approximately 22% of child deaths in Nigeria, amounting to over 200,000 deaths per year. International donor communities have recognized the need for control of childhood illnesses and polio eradication, creating an opportune time to control vaccine preventable illnesses in the region.

Resistance to polio vaccine is reportedly persisting in some regions, however some recent reports suggest that in some communities there is a greater felt need for prevention of diseases that are far more common in the communities, such as measles, malaria and meningitis. This suggests that an integrated and permanent system for delivery of routine vaccination services may be more acceptable to some sectors of the populations that have resisted polio eradication efforts.