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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Slovakia raises awareness about vaccination

A new publication on vaccination in Slovakia and the European Union was launched at the start of the Slovak Presidency of the Council of the European Union this month to educate experts, health workers and the general public on the importance of vaccination in preventing serious diseases.

Immunize Europe Forum

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Immunization advocacy library

Tools for immunization programme managers and other stakeholders to advocate for prioritization of immunization in political agendas and public health budgets

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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 2016 was celebrated 24-30 April.

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