(July 2015) Vaccines are one of the simplest, most cost-effective tools to improve public health. Vaccine-preventable diseases can lead to illness, disfigurement, disability, and death. Globally, immunization rates improved dramatically in the 1980s and 1990s, but progress has stalled in recent years. There has been a resurgence of some diseases once thought to be on the path to elimination. This webinar explored trends in vaccination and vaccine-preventable childhood disease globally, in the United States, and in California, and the policy implications of these trends.

In this recording of the webinar, Beth Jarosz, research associate at the Population Reference Bureau, and Reshma Naik, senior policy analyst at the Population Reference Bureau, presented trends in vaccination coverage and vaccine-preventable childhood diseases for major world regions. Regan Foust, senior manager for Data and Research at the Lucile Packard Foundation for Children's Health, highlighted trends for the U.S. and California and provided a brief demonstration of the kidsdata.org website.

This webinar was co-hosted by the Population Reference Bureau and the Lucile Packard Foundation for Children’s Health.