Creating vaccines, protecting life
A mere century ago infectious diseases were the main cause of death worldwide, even in the most developed countries.
Today, alongside clean, safe drinking water, immunization is the most successful public health intervention for combating infectious diseases and reducing global mortality rates.
The World Health Organization (WHO) estimates vaccination saves up to three million lives across the globe every year1.
As a health journey partner, we, at Sanofi, are proud that our vaccines can help to protect us and our loved ones from a wide range of severe infectious diseases, at every stage of life. Sanofi Pasteur, our vaccines global business unit, supply one billion doses to people around the world each year and seek relentlessly to extend the benefits of vaccination to new infectious diseases while improving existing vaccines to enhance health and wellbeing.
Simply put, a vaccine is a biological preparation that improves immunity to a particular disease.
A vaccine typically contains an agent that resembles a disease-causing microorganism. The immune response stimulated by a vaccine is vital to ensure that enough antibodies are made and that the body’s natural defenses are able to fight off any infection in the future.
B-roll - Principles of vaccination
Vaccination is the most successful public health intervention for combating infectious diseases and reducing global mortality rates
WHO has set the 3rd week of April, every year from the 24th to the 30th of April to celebrate the Immunization week.
Reducing the burden of influenza
Influenza (the flu) is an acute viral infection that spreads easily from person to person and circulates year-round worldwide. Influenza can lead to severe medical complications, such as pneumonia, and can aggravate underlying medical conditions, including congestive heart failure and diabetes.
The WHO estimates that influenza causes up to 650,000 deaths worldwide every year2.
Vaccination is a vital part of protecting people and communities from the heavy toll that influenza can take. We are the world’s leading supplier of vaccines against influenza and produce approximately 40 percent of influenza vaccines distributed worldwide.
In 2017 alone we provided over 200 million doses of influenza vaccine.
Each year, one in ten individuals will come across influenza on their health journey3
130 million babies need to be protected every year4. This is an immense challenge. The progress in vaccinology has allowed the introduction of vaccines protecting against several diseases, long-time feared as scourges for communities. These new vaccines have been introduced progressively through combined vaccines for childhood vaccination.
All national programs today are relying on combination vaccines. At Sanofi, we are able to provide, through our various combination vaccines, a simple solution helping saving pain for babies, improving the coverage of national programs and simplifying the logistics of the supply chain. We provide combination vaccines for all parts of the world in-line with the local health standards. This is a continuous effort of innovation which eases the access of children to immunization, allowing them to be protected against some of most severe infectious diseases.
Getting closer to eradicating polio
Polio used to paralyze or kill thousands of children worldwide every year5. Nowadays, thanks to vaccination, we are on the verge of eradicating polio. Find out more on our commitment alongside with international organizations in the fight against polio.
1World Health Organization . Health topics Immunization.
2World Health Organization Fact sheet Influenza (seasonal).Reviewed January 2018
Available at: http://www.who.int/mediacentre/factsheets/fs211/en/
Last accessed February 2018
3World Health Organization. Vaccines against influenza WHO position paper – November 2012.
4World Health Organization. Bulletin of the World Health Organization
Available at: http://www.who.int/bulletin/volumes/87/2/08-050963/en/
Last accessed October 2017
5Canadian International Immunization Initiative (2007) Immunization Initiatives: The end of polio is within our grasp