The Expanded Programme on Immunization (EPI) focuses on the following 9 deadly Vaccine Preventable Diseases (VPDs) in Pakistan:
- Neonatal Tetanus
- Pertussis (Whooping Cough)
- Hib Pneumonia
- Childhood Tuberculosis
The diseases are preventable and can be eradicated like Smallpox, as very safe & effective vaccines are available.27 % of deaths in < 5 years age group are due to vaccine Preventable Diseases. Therefore children aged from 0 to 11 months and pregnant women are immunized against these VPDs.