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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Giving influenza vaccination a boost among older people

October marks the beginning of a new influenza season. While influenza is generally a mild and uncomplicated disease, in older people, as well as in pregnant women, young children and people with chronic diseases, influenza can cause severe disease leading to hospitalization and occasionally death.


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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 2018 will take place 23–29 April.

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Immunization Resource Centre

Information and support for health care professionals

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Tailoring immunization programmes (TIP)

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

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Immunize Europe Forum

Online forum for immunization professionals to find and share information on immunization topics and events.

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