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(right) Three-and-a-half-year-old Anastasia Veretka smiles prior to receiving a vaccine at a medical facility in Ivano-Frankivsk, Ivano-Frankivsk Oblast, Ukraine, Thursday 16 March 2017..

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Ukraine last year had one of the lowest routine immunization coverage rates in the world. As of December 2016, according to data from Ukraine’s Ministry of Health, only 45.5% of children in Ukraine were fully immunized against measles, only 29%, against hepatitis B, and only 23% of against diphtheria, pertussis and tetanus. About 60% of children under one-year are fully immunized against polio. A number of factors have contributed to the decline in vaccination coverage in Ukraine over the past years, including distrust by the public and media of vaccines and immunization services. Additionally, a shortage of vaccine supplies compounded critically low immunization rates. To address this, at the request of the Ministry of Health of Ukraine, UNICEF procured a number of high quality certified vaccines to protect children against dangerous vaccine-preventable diseases.

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Taken on March 16, 2017