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 more than 20 serious diseases, are available and many promising new vaccines are being developed.

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Protecting vulnerable groups from influenza

Every winter season, flu is a particular health risk for some groups, including pregnant women, elderly people and health care workers.

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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.

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Key resources

Call for nominations

WHO/EUrope is accepting nominations for two new members of the European Regional Verification Commission for Measles and Rubella Elimination (RVC)

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Publications

Guide to tailoring immunization programmes

Proven methods and tools to assist national immunization programmes (NIPs) design targeted strategies that increase uptake of infant and childhood vaccinations (2013)

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Data and statistics

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Number of measles cases reported by Member States in the WHO European Region for the first half of 2013.

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