Communicable diseases

Socioeconomic, environmental and behavioural factors, as well as international travel and migration, foster and increase the spread of communicable diseases. Vaccine-preventable, foodborne, zoonotic, health care-related and communicable diseases pose significant threats to human health and may sometimes threaten international health security. In cooperation with governments, WHO/Europe develops norms and standards, guidance and public health tools to help countries implement effective disease prevention and control programmes and address their risk factors.

WHO/Europe progress challenge communicable disease public health

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Influenza vaccine: Protection for both health care workers and patients

Health care workers have a higher risk of getting influenza compared to the general adult population, due to the nature of their work. They can also transmit influenza to patients who may be especially vulnerable to complications. This year, WHO/Europe’s annual Flu Awareness Campaign aims to boost uptake of the seasonal influenza vaccine among health care workers.


New guidelines on the use of antiretroviral drugs for treating and preventing HIV infection

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