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The world's largest vaccination reminder service

IAP-Immunizeindia is the world's largest vaccination reminder service, and is available free of cost to parents anywhere in India. It is a national non-profit initiative, promoted by Indian Academy of Pediatrics.

IAP-Immunizeindia aims to prevent half a million child deaths and disabilities by 2018.

IAP-Immunizeindia is supported by Vodafone, which is the national telecom partner. IAP-Immunizeindia's national press campaign, promotional posters in hospitals and clinics and promotional pamphlets are funded by an education grant from another leading Fortune 50 multinational corporation.

How to register for the service

Parents opt-in to the service by sending a text message by SMS to the national shortcode 566778 from any mobile phone in India, in the following format*** :

Immunize <Space> <Baby’s pet name> < Space> <Baby’s date of birth> 

Example : Immunize Rekha 04-11-2013

The phone will immediately receive a confirmation message.

Text message reminders** will  be sent to the phone for 12 years, following the IAPCOI 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"**

Reason for the service

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 parents often forget to vaccinate the child on time, as most parents in India do not maintain a vaccination calendar for their child in a disciplined manner. Other reasons are-

            - parents' misplaced priorities
            - low awareness
            - busy lifestyles
            - forgetfulness
            - social and cultural causes

Vaccination reminder services in several countries have been effective in increasing compliance by 20%. There are over 40 published scientific studies that prove the effectiveness of vaccination reminders.

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.

Contact - For clarifications and support please send an email to info@immunizeindia.org

*     Source- Global Immunization Vision and Strategy (GIVS). 2006-2015, World Health Organization
**    Reminders do not advertise, recommend or promote any vaccine brands or products.
***   Service not available for phones outside India