Measles and rubella

Measles is a highly infectious vaccine-preventable disease, and globally still one of the leading causes of childhood mortality. Rubella is an infection that is usually mild when experienced in childhood, but it can often lead to serious and sometimes fatal complications in the foetus when an unprotected woman acquires the infection early in pregnancy (congenital rubella infection) or to congenital rubella syndrome in newborns.

Eliminating measles and rubella in the Region by 2015

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Taking stock of measles and rubella elimination in the European Region

3rd meeting of the European Regional Verification Commission finds uneven progress in the Region

European Immunization Week

Each year in April, EIW promotes the core message that the immunization of every child is vital to prevent diseases and protect life. The goal of the region-wide campaign is to increase vaccination coverage by raising awareness of the importance of immunization. EIW will celebrate its 10th year on 20–25 April 2015.

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