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Immunization and human rights
4th International Conference on Vaccines & Vaccination
September 24-26, 2014 Valencia Convention Centre, Spain

Obradovic Zarema and Obradovic Amina

Scientific Tracks Abstracts: J Vaccines Vaccin


A mong fundamental human rights are the right to life and the right to health. These two rights are very connected and they are also connected with the process of immunization. Immunization is one of the most important achievements in medicine because introduction of vaccine saved millions of lives on the global plan. Almost 11 milion children die every year of preventable causes. Milions of people die when lifesaving vaccines and medicines exist, but do not get to those who need them because they or the countries they live in are too poor to pay for or distribute, them. (UN Secretary- General, Kofi Annan Statement to the 59 th Commission on Human Rights, 20 March 2003, Geneva, Switzerland). During the war in Bosnia and Herzegovina (1992-1995) different human rights were violated and also the right to life and right to health. From the aspect of immunization, there was a huge problem of providing necessary vaccines, their storage and the implementing of vaccination, and a consequence of those ommisions are visible today in a form of occurence of different vaccine-preventable diseases. In this paper we will show the trend of vaccine-preventable diseases in people who were not vaccinated during the war. The occurence and spread of parotitis and rubella wil be showed separately, as diseases that occured in an outbreak form with a huge number of affected people.