Vaccines and immunization

Vaccination is one of the most cost-effective health interventions available, saving millions of people from illness, disability and death each year. Effective and safe vaccines, which protect against a number of serious diseases, are available and many promising new vaccines are being developed.

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European Immunization Week celebrates the everyday heroes who help protect us all from dangerous diseases

The widespread use of vaccines has drastically reduced the threat of once-common diseases such as diphtheria, whooping cough and measles in the WHO European Region. Contributing to this success story are countless individuals – from scientists to parents, from nurses to bloggers – who each play a part in helping to immunize Europe.


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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. The next EIW will take place 24-30 April 2019.

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Tailoring immunization programmes (TIP)

Tools and methodologies to tailor services to the special needs of underserved groups

TIP publications, projects and news

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