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 storyUnderstanding behaviours as a first step to addressing declining vaccination uptake in Europe
Routine immunization coverage has declined in the WHO European Region as a whole over the past 5 years, creating increased risk of new outbreaks of vaccine-preventable diseases. National immunization programmes across the Region are eager to reverse this trend.
- Capacity-building in data analysis and reporting expected to boost progress towards measles and rubella elimination
- Meeting of European immunization programme managers offers innovative forum for exchange of ideas and experiences
- Independent advisory group reviews immunization developments in Europe
Call for applications
- Membership in the European Regional Verification Commission for Measles and Rubella Elimination (RVC)
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.
Verification of measles and rubella eliminationMeeting reports of the European Regional Verification Commission of Measles and Rubella Elimination
Immunize Europe Forum
Online forum for immunization professionals to find and share information on immunization topics and events.Visit the Forum
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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