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On the occasion of the tenth anniversary of European Immunization Week, ECDC is releasing a new complement of data, tools, blogs and updates to support public health authorities in their work against vaccine preventable diseases.
On the occasion of the 10th anniversary of European Immunization Week (EIW), ECDC is releasing a new complement of data, tools, blogs and updates to support public health authorities in their work against vaccine preventable diseases.
ECDC is launching surveillance data on measles and rubella from EU/ EEA countries through the Surveillance Atlas of Infectious Diseases. The interactive tool shows, amongst other things:
- Confirmed cases for the past 12 months
- Notification rates
- Age and gender distribution
- Vaccination status
- Complication rates.
The first elements of a vaccine-preventable communication toolkit will be released this week. It is made up of three adaptable and reusable leaflets that frontline healthcare professionals can use when discussing vaccination issues with parents.
ECDC's popular Vaccine Scheduler, that carries information on all the childhood immunisation schemes for EU/EEA countries has been updated, changes include:
- New primary immunisation schedule for Romania
- Several countries have moved to a two-dose schedule for HPV vaccination
- Revised meningococcal vaccination policy in Belgium and Spain
- New immunisation introductions for a hexavalent combination vaccine in Croatia and rotavirus vaccine in Latvia.
- Zoster vaccination and catch-up campaign for the elderly in the UK.
A series of blogs and statements by ECDC experts will be posted on the EIW platform over the course of the week, covering a range of topics such as the role of vaccine hesitancy in undermining vaccine coverage in Europe today and the forthcoming toolkit and the Surveillance Atlas. Links to the blogs will appear here in due course.