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TIVS proposes to increase knowledge of vaccinations

TAIPEI, Taiwan -- Taiwan Immunization Vision and Strategy (TIVS) recently proposed three steps to boost public knowledge of taking vaccinations, a project in line with the World Health Organization's (WHO) World Immunization Week.

According to the WHO, taking vaccinations prevents around 2 to 3 million people from dying each year, but there are many who have yet to receive vaccinations. The organization designated the last week of April every year as its World Immunization Week.

Without vaccinations, it would have been impossible to rid large parts of the world of smallpox, poliomyelitis and measles, said the WHO.

Following the WHO event, TIVS called for Taiwanese people to boost their immune systems. More Taiwanese children and adults should be receiving vaccinations, and adults should update their understanding of the available vaccinations, said TIVS Secretary General Lu Chun-yi.

There are 25 diseases that can be prevented by vaccines, said TIVS Chairman Lee Chin-yun, adding that the effects of these vaccinations are impressive and that they have successfully prevented diseases from spreading.

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