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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Measles continues to spread and take lives in Europe

Ongoing measles outbreaks in the WHO European Region have caused 35 deaths in the past 12 months. “Every death or disability caused by this vaccine-preventable disease is an unacceptable tragedy,” says Dr Zsuzsanna Jakab, WHO Regional Director for Europe.

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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 2017 was celebrated on 24–30 April.

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How the HPV vaccine works

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Immunization Resource Centre

Information and support for health care professionals

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Data reports

Data systems

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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Immunize Europe Forum

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

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