Rotavirus causes about 25% of all diarrhoeal illnesses in children under 5, and is a major cause of morbidity and mortality globally. By age 5 years, almost all children have been exposed to the virus, with more than a quarter experiencing a symptomatic infection.

Rotavirus in the WHO European Region

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Vaccination protects health at every stage of life

On 24–30 April 2017, the European Region celebrates European Immunization Week, an annual initiative that raises awareness of the importance of immunization for people’s health and well-being. This year, under the slogan #VaccinesWork, stakeholders in all countries will focus on the importance and benefits of immunization at every stage of life.

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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Introduction of rotavirus vaccine is strongly recommended in countries where diarrhoeal deaths account for ≥ 10% of mortality among children under 5 years of age.

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European Vaccine Action Plan 2015–2020

Roadmap towards a regional vision and goals for immunization and control of vaccine-preventable diseases

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