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Last update: Aug 2010

Trends in immunization coverage (Global and Regional)

DPT refers to the combined diphtheria, pertussis and tetanus vaccine. The percentage of children receiving the third dose, DPT3, is an indicator of how well countries provide routine immunization.


Global coverage for DPT3 has slowly but steadily increased to 82 per cent in 2009, a remarkable improvement from 20 per cent in 1980


Source: WHO/UNICEF coverage estimates 1980–2009, July 2010.

Regional performance

While global coverage for DPT3 (three doses of the combined diphtheria/pertussis/tetanus vaccine) has been steadily climbing from 74 per cent in 2000 to 82 per cent in 2009, in the majority of the regions the coverage has stayed flat in the recent years.  The exception is East Asia, where coverage jumped from 89 per cent in 2007 to 93 per cent in 2008 stayed at that level in 2009. While most regions’ coverage is near the 90 per cent level, two regions continue to languish below the global average: South Asia at 72 per cent and sub-Saharan Africa at 70 per cent.