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.

More about measles and rubella

Top story

Measles continues to spread and take lives in Europe

Ongoing measles outbreaks in the WHO European Region have caused 35 deaths in the past 12 months. “Every death or disability caused by this vaccine-preventable disease is an unacceptable tragedy,” says Dr Zsuzsanna Jakab, WHO Regional Director for Europe.

Key resources

  • CISID

    WHO/Europe infectious disease data set, compiled from reports submitted by Member States

  • Measles and rubella laboratory data management system

    Information and resources for the Regional Measles and Rubella Lab Network

  • Immunization Resource Centre

    Documents designed to assist health professionals in their day-to-day work as it relates to immunization

  • WHO EpiBrief

    Periodical report containing an overview and analysis of epidemiological data on selected vaccine-preventable diseases in the WHO European Region.

  • WHO EpiData

    Monthly surveillance data by country presented in summary tables.

Immunize Europe Forum

Online forum for immunization professionals to find and share information on immunization topics and events.

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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 2017 was celebrated on 24–30 April.

This year's campaign

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