Key messages

The objective of European Immunization Week (EIW) 2018 is to sustain momentum toward a European Region free of vaccine-preventable diseases by raising awareness of the importance of vaccination as an individual right and a shared responsibility. Every person deserves to be protected from vaccine-preventable diseases and plays a vital role in protecting others by choosing to vaccinate.

This theme will be elaborated through materials and activities focused on the following key messages:

  • Vaccines work to protect people of all ages from potentially dangerous diseases.
  • Every person deserves to be protected from vaccine-preventable diseases and plays a vital role in protecting others by choosing to vaccinate.
  • When all eligible individuals are fully vaccinated those who cannot be vaccinated are also protected through herd immunity.
  • Consult with your doctor and check your family’s immunization records to make sure that you are all fully protected.
  • False information can influence choices and endanger lives. Get the facts and share only evidence-based information about vaccines.
  • Health professionals are the most trusted source of information about vaccines for their patients. Raising awareness about vaccines saves lives.
  • Equitable access to immunization is the right of every individual and community.
  • By protecting health, immunization helps us to achieve the Sustainable Development Goals.