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The World Map Depicts the Percentage of Population That Has Received DTP3 Immunization in Each Nation

 

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Diphtheria, tetanus, and pertussis (whooping cough), are serious diseases. However, vaccines and immunization can protect both children, as well as adults, from these diseases. Over the years, the percentage of people who have been provided immunization against these three infectious diseases is on the rise. Diphtheria, which spreads from one person to the other, is an infection that affects the mucous membrane of the nose and throat. Tetanus, which occurs when dirt enters a wound, is not transmitted from person to person. The tetanus germs grow in wounds that have been caused by tools, dirty nails, animal bites, wood splinters etc. Pertussis, also known as whooping cough, which mostly affects children, is a disease of the respiratory tract. It is caused by bacteria that grow in the nose, throat and mouth. Children who suffer from this disease have coughing spells that last from some four to eight weeks.

To deal with these infections, immunization programs have been provided that have contributed immensely in lowering the burden of these diseases. According to the World Health Organization, in 2015, the global diphtheria-tetanus-pertussis immunization coverage stood at 86 percent. This means that 14 percent children around the world did not receive the three doses of diphtheria-tetanus-pertussis containing vaccines (DTP3). Despite significant gains made in immunization coverage during the past decades, immunization coverage varies from country-to-country.

According to a World Health Organization data, in nations such as the United States, Norway, the Netherlands, Japan, Ethiopia, Vietnam, Switzerland, Saudi Arabia, UAE, Oman, Morocco, and some others, the immunization coverage was high. Here more than 95 percent of the people were immunized against these diseases.

Nations where the coverage of immunization against these three infections ranged between 90 and 95 percent were Argentina, Australia, Bangladesh, Denmark, Egypt, South Africa, New Zealand, and Lebanon, to name a few.

However, there was a striking variation among the nations where DTP3 world immunization coverage was less than 80 percent. While Ecuador and Kenya were placed on the higher side with some 78 percent immunized against diphtheria, tetanus, and pertussis, the Equatorial Guinea was placed at the bottom of the table with just 17 percent of the population immunized from diphtheria, tetanus, and pertussis.

The table below provides information on the percentage of population that is covered by DTP3 immunization.

Countries 2015
Antigua and Barbuda 99
Belarus 99
Belgium 99
Bhutan 99
Brunei Darussalam 99
China 99
Cook Islands 99
Cuba 99
Greece 99
Honduras 99
Hungary 99
Jordan 99
Kuwait 99
Luxembourg 99
Malaysia 99
Maldives 99
Mongolia 99
Morocco 99
Nicaragua 99
Niue 99
Oman 99
Qatar 99
Rwanda 99
Saint Lucia 99
Saint Vincent and the Grenadines 99
Sri Lanka 99
Thailand 99
Tonga 99
Turkmenistan 99
The United Arab Emirates 99
Uzbekistan 99
Afghanistan 98
Bahrain 98
Cambodia 98
Dominica 98
Iran 98
Kazakhstan 98
Poland 98
Portugal 98
The Republic of Korea 98
Saudi Arabia 98
Sweden 98
Tunisia 98
United Republic of Tanzania 98
Andorra 97
Barbados 97
Cyprus 97
Finland 97
The Gambia 97
Kyrgyzstan 97
Malta 97
Mauritius 97
The Russian Federation 97
Seychelles 97
Spain 97
Switzerland 97
Turkey 97
Vietnam 97
Azerbaijan 96
Brazil 96
Chile 96
The Democratic People’s Republic of Korea 96
Ethiopia 96
Fiji 96
Japan 96
Sao Tome and Principe 96
Singapore 96
Slovakia 96
Tajikistan 96
Trinidad and Tobago 96
Tuvalu 96
The United Kingdom 96
Zimbabwe 96
Algeria 95
Bahamas 95
Eritrea 95
Guyana 95
Ireland 95
Latvia 95
The Netherlands 95
Norway 95
Serbia 95
Slovenia 95
The United States of America 95
Uruguay 95
Argentina 94
Armenia 94
Belize 94
Burundi 94
Croatia 94
The Democratic Republic of the Congo 94
Georgia 94
Saint Kitts and Nevis 94
Samoa 94
Australia 93
Bangladesh 93
Cabo Verde 93
Denmark 93
Egypt 93
Estonia 93
Italy 93
Lithuania 93
South Africa 93
Sudan 93
Chad 92
Costa Rica 92
Grenada 92
Iceland 92
Namibia 92
New Zealand 92
Bulgaria 91
Burkina Faso 91
Canada 91
Colombia 91
Côte d’Ivoire 91
El Salvador 91
Jamaica 91
Lebanon 91
Nauru 91
Nepal 91
Macedonia 91
Guinea-Bissau 90
Mali 90
Niger 90
Palau 90
Peru 90
Swaziland 90
Timor-Leste 90
Zambia 90
Bolivia 89
Ghana 89
Lao People’s Democratic Republic 89
Montenegro 89
Myanmar 89
Romania 89
Senegal 89
Suriname 89
Uganda 89
Malawi 88
Togo 88
India 87
Kiribati 87
Mexico 87
Republic of Moldova 87
Solomon Islands 87
Venezuela 87
Sierra Leone 86
Dominican Republic 85
Madagascar 85
Marshall Islands 85
Cameroon 84
Djibouti 84
Indonesia 84
Yemen 84
Benin 82
Bosnia and Herzegovina 82
Angola 80
Botswana 80
Comoros 80
Congo 80
Gabon 80
Mozambique 80
Paraguay 80
Vanuatu 80
Ecuador 78
Kenya 78
San Marino 76
Pakistan 75
Guatemala 74
Nigeria 74
Mauritania 73
Panama 73
Haiti 72
Federated States of Micronesia 72
Iraq 68
Lesotho 67
Liberia 65
Papua New Guinea 62
Guinea 60
The Philippines 60
Syrian Arab Republic 60
South Sudan 50
Central African Republic 47
Somalia 44
Ukraine 23
Equatorial Guinea 17

(Data sourced from the World Health Organization)

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