Fifth Meeting of the European Technical Advisory Group of Experts on Immunization (ETAGE)



The fifth meeting of the European Technical Advisory Group of Experts (ETAGE) was held in Copenhagen from 2 to 3 February 2006 with the objective of reviewing the main strategies, activities and
technical issues of the Vaccine-preventable Diseases and Immunization Programme (VPI) of the European Region of WHO, and providing continuing advice on key areas for further development. The ETAGE was briefed on implementation of recommendations made during its fourth meeting, and details of the VPI plan of action for 2006-2007 were presented. The apparent success of the first European Immunization Week was discussed, and preparations for the 2006 event reviewed. Regional plans for introduction of new and underused vaccines were presented. The current status of the
measles/rubella elimination and polio eradication activities were reviewed. Performance of the Regional surveillance system for VPI in 2005 was presented, and the proposed framework for surveillance in 2006- 2007 was discussed.