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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Is it just a “touch of the flu” for you, or do you face a greater risk?

While influenza may be unpleasant and inconvenient for some, others run a higher risk of developing complications. This makes it all the more crucial that they receive an influenza vaccine every winter, which can protect them from falling ill from the most common strains of the virus.

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

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World Antibiotic Awareness Week

12–18 November 2018