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Has Global Routine Vaccination Coverage Increased?

MMWR; 2016 Nov 18; Casey, Dumolard, et al

Global diphtheria-tetanus-pertussis vaccine (DTP3) coverage has not increased above 85% to 86% since 2010, with vaccination coverage varying widely across World Health Organization (WHO) regions, countries, and districts, a recent study found. Based on 2015 WHO and United Nations Children’s Fund (UNICEF) estimates, researchers found:

  • The first dose of polio vaccine (Pol3) has remained stable since 2010.
  • From 2014 to 2015, estimated global coverage with the second measles-containing vaccine dose (MCV2) increased from 39% to 43% by the end of the second year of life and from 58% to 61% when older age groups were included.
  • Global coverage was higher in 2015 than 2010 for newer or underused vaccines, including rotavirus vaccine, pneumococcal conjugate vaccine (PCV), rubella vaccine, Haemophilus influenzae type b (Hib) vaccine, and 3 doses of hepatitis B (HepB3) vaccine.


Casey RM, Dumolard L, Danovaro-Holliday MC, et al. Global routine vaccination coverage, 2015. MMWR Morb Mortal Wkly Rep. 2016;65:1270–1273. doi:10.15585/mmwr.mm6545a5.