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The Expanded Program on Immunization (EPI) was established in 1976 to ensure that infants/children and mothers have access to routinely recommended infant/childhood vaccines. Six vaccine-preventable diseases were initially included in the EPI: tuberculosis, poliomyelitis, diphtheria, tetanus, pertussis and measles. In 1986, 21.3% “fully immunized” children less than fourteen months of age based on the EPI Comprehensive Program review. 


Global Situation

The burden

In 2002, WHO estimated that 1.4 million of deaths among children under 5 years due to diseases that could have been prevented by routine vaccination. This represents 14% of global total mortality in children under 5 years of age.


Burden of Diseases

The immunization coverage of all individual vaccines has improved as shown in Figure 1: (Demographic Health Survey 2003 and 2008).  Fully Immunized Child (FIC) coverage improved by 10% and the Child Protected at Birth (CPAB) against Tetanus improved by 13% compared to any prior period.  Thus, the Philippines has now historically the highest coverage for these two major indicators. 


Program Objectives/Goals:

Over-all Goal:

To reduce the morbidity and mortality among children against the most common vaccine-preventable diseases.

Specific Goals:

1.   To immunize all infants/children against the most common vaccine-preventable diseases.

2.   To sustain the polio-free status of the Philippines.

3.   To eliminate measles infection.

4.   To eliminate maternal and neonatal tetanus

5.   To control diphtheria, pertussis, hepatitis b and German measles.

6.   To prevent extra pulmonary tuberculosis among children.

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 The Expanded Program on Immunization (EPI)  Booklets

Booklet 1

Booklet 2 Booklet 3 Booklet 4
Booklet 5 Booklet 6 Booklet 7 Booklet 8
Booklet 9 Booklet 10 Booklet 11  

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