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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Vaccination against measles increases amid ongoing measles outbreaks in Europe

Europe The WHO European Region achieved 91% routine immunization coverage for the second dose of measles vaccination in 2018. This marks the second consecutive year in which the level of coverage has reached a record high in the Region, according to the WHO–United Nations Children’s Fund (UNICEF) estimates of national immunization coverage released today.


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Measles in the European Region

Situation report, July 2019

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 2019 took place on 24-30 April 2019.

This year's campaign


How the HPV vaccine works

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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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