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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Creativity and commitment on display during European Immunization Week 2019

European Immunization Week (EIW), celebrated on 24–30 April 2019, aimed to raise awareness about the importance of vaccination for maintaining good health, and about the “vaccine heroes” in every country working to ensure that everyone has access to the full benefits of vaccines.


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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 2020 will take place 20-26 April.

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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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Vaccine safety communication library

Guidance on how to communicate about safety


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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