IAP-Immunizeindia is a free of cost, vaccination
reminder service, launched in 2012. It is a
national, non-profit initiative, promoted by Indian Academy of
IAP-Immunizeindia hopes to
prevent half a million child deaths and
disabilities in 3 years.
of children - our focus
Over 2 Million children under the age of 5 die
every year in India* and another 1 Million or more
are disabled for life.
A major cause is that
vaccinations, available free from the Government
of India, are not given. Reasons -
- parents' misplaced priorities
- low awareness
- busy lifestyles
- social and culural causes
India has 700 million mobile
phones which support Text Message Service or SMS
(every family has a phone). A well promoted,
national, Text Message reminder service will be
the the most cost effective method of
reminding parents that a vaccination is due.
Vaccination reminder services
in several countries have been effective in
increasing compliance by 20%.
does it work?
Parents register for the service by texting a
request in the following format from any mobile
phone in India, to the national shortcode
566778. (Service not available for phones
Immunize <Space> <Baby’s first name>
< Space> <Baby’s date of birth>
Example : Immunize Rekha
The phone will immediately receive a confirmation
Text message reminders will
then be sent to the phone for 12 years, following
prescribed immunization schedule.
3 reminders are sent, at 2
day intervals, for each vaccination that is due.
An example of a reminder is - "Rekha is due for a
vaccination this week, please do not forget to
visit your doctor"
Reminders do not advertise,
recommend or promote any vaccine brands or
products. This is a non-profit, free service,
supported only by grants and donations from
individuals and institutions.
Clarifications and Support
Please send us an email to email@example.com
* Source- *Global
Immunization Vision and Strategy (GIVS).
2006-2015. Available from:
Accessed on October 4, 2009.