National Vaccination Day 2023: 16 March

National Vaccination Day 2023: 16 March

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Category : Important Days Published on: March 17 2023

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  • National Vaccination Day or National Immunisation Day is celebrated on March 16 every year across the country to spread awareness about the importance of vaccines in the human health.
  • Vaccination is a vital aspect of public health. Vaccines provide immunity to the body against future encounters by the same pathogen. 
  • They have reduced the prevalence of several deadly diseases like measles, chicken pox, tetanus, rubella, polio, and most recently Covid-19.
  • The day was first observed in in 1995 when the government of India officially launched the Pulse Polio Immunisation program to eradicate polio from the country. 
  • On March 16, 1995, the first dose of the oral polio vaccine was administered in India as part of the World Health Organization’s (WHO) Global Polio Eradication Initiative, which began in 1988. 
  • The vaccination program was popularised through a nationwide campaign called 'Do Boond Zindagi Ki'.
  • According to the World Health Organisation (WHO), the last Polio case was reported in West Bengal's Howrah in 2011 and the WHO declared India Polio free on March 27, 2014.
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