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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Viral hepititis – 400 deaths a day in the WHO European Region could be prevented

Over 13 million people in the WHO European Region live with chronic hepatitis B infection and over 15 million with chronic hepatitis C infection, leading to 400 deaths every day. WHO calls on policy-makers, health workers and the public to act now to prevent infection and death from hepatitis. 28 July is World Hepatitis Day.

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 celebrated its 10th year on 20–25 April 2015.

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Immunization advocacy library

Tools for immunization programme managers and other stakeholders to advocate for prioritization of immunization in political agendas and public health budgets

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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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Call for nominations

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

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