Poliomyelitis

Poliomyelitis (polio) is a highly infectious and sometimes fatal disease, which invades the nervous system and can cause life-long paralysis. In June 2002, all 53 countries in the WHO European Region were certified polio free. A sustained effort of immunization and disease surveillance helps maintain the Region’s polio-free status and ensures that no polio case can be left undetected.

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Public health lab professionals in Turkmenistan trained in biosafety and biosecurity

Professionals from public health laboratories in Turkmenistan have recently received training in biosafety and biosecurity to avoid accidental or deliberate spread of diseases.

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.

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1 in 200

infections with poliovirus leads to irreversible paralysis. There is no cure for polio, it can only be prevented. Polio vaccine, given multiple times, can protect a child for life.

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Immunization Highlights 2013

Overview of activities and priorities of the Vaccine-preventable Diseases and Immunization Programme

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