Immunization

This report considers human factors in relation to future vaccines against COVID-19, drawing on insights from design thinking and the social, behavioral, and communication sciences. It provides recommendations—directed to both US policymakers and practitioners, as well as nontraditional partners new to public health’s mission of vaccination—on how to advance public understanding of, access to, and acceptance of vaccines that protect against COVID-19.

While many Senegalese mothers visit health facilities to immunize their newborns, far fewer discuss family planning options with a health worker. Integrating family planning counseling into immunization services is a promising practice to address reproductive health needs in the extended postpartum period. A project supported by Ideas42 and IntraHealth developed a behaviorally informed model that integrates these two services to help more women access the family planning option that is right for them.

Vaccinating to prevent serious respiratory illness from flu and stop measles outbreaks is key to protecting people while helping health systems focus on the response to COVID-19. Some 17 countries in the Americas have reported they are using the Vaccination Week in the Americas platform to vaccinate against influenza, and other 17 plan to vaccinate against measles. 

Welcome to the Compass Country Focus Pages.

Click on a country name listed below to see an overview of social and behavior change (SBC) projects in that country. Those pages then offer links to more detailed descriptions of each specific project.  

This short video explains how infections enter the body and how the body's antibodies attack them.  It then goes on to explain the way vaccinations work, and how important they are in fighting disease.  The video also shows statistics of how childhood mortality has decreased since the early 1990s due to the use of vaccines through, among other efforts, the GAVI project.

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