The good performance of the Expanded Program on Immunization (EPI) is an example in Africa. For the first time in the country’s history, EPI vaccine coverage reached and exceeded 90% for the first measles dose, from 76% to 93% between 2014 and 2017. In the same period, vaccination coverage in Prevalent 3 increased from 80% to 93%. This is what emerges from the communiqué of the World Health Organization.
In Senegal, vaccine coverage has increased significantly and steadily over the past three years.
“By 2016, immunization coverage has reached or exceeded 90% for all antigens except for yellow fever due to a global breakdown. In addition, the second dose of measles and the vaccine against Hepatitis B at birth have just been introduced in the program, “the statement reads.
According to the letter, 80% of the districts in the country have reached or exceeded 80% coverage for the third dose of entavalent (penta 3) and no district of the country is below 50% coverage for this antigen
considered to be tracer.
Three other countries are at the top of these results. These include Burkina Faso, Nigeria and the Seychelles. This encouraging performance is a major step towards achieving the goals of the Global Plan of Action for Vaccines, which is to reach 90% for all antigens and all districts.
These results have recently been validated jointly by WHO and UNICEF, placing Senegal on the list of the best performing countries in Africa and which have made the most progress in the area of immunization.