Full immunisation coverage in India has improved at a slow pace from 35.4%(1992-93) to 42%(1998-99) to 43.5% (2005-06). By 2015-16 (the latest year for which data are available), full immunisation increased to 62%, according to the National Family Health Survey.

By 2030, every country should achieve universal health coverage that includes access to quality essential healthcare services and access to safe, effective, quality and affordable essential medicines and vaccines for all, according to the Sustainable Development Goals of the United Nations.

Full immunisation means children (between 12-23 months) are immunised against BCG (primarily for tuberculosis), measles, and three doses each of polio and DPT (diphtheria, pertussis or whooping cough and tetanus).

Source: National Family Health Survey

(Patil is an analyst with IndiaSpend.)

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