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 under the aegis of Indian Academy of Pediatrics. The initiative is supported by Vodafone, our national telecom partner.
IAP-Immunizeindia aims to prevent a hundred thousand child deaths and disabilities by 2020.
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.
Vaccination reminder services in several countries have been effective in increasing compliance by 20%. There are over 40 published scientific studies in the Cochrane database that prove the effectiveness of vaccination reminders.
India has 800 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.
Parents, in India, can opt for 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 first name] [Space] [Baby's date of birth]
Example : Immunize Rekha 04-11-2013
The phone will immediately receive a confirmation message. Text message vaccination reminders will be sent to the registered 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"
Reminders do not advertise, recommend or promote any vaccine brands or products.