European Immunization Week, 2018

23 Apr 2018 - 29 Apr 2018

European Immunization Week (EIW) is marked across the European Region every April. It aims to raise awareness of the importance of immunisation for people’s health and well-being. Activities in 2018 focused on the progress and challenges in the Region’s concerted effort to eliminate measles and rubella.

Vaccination in young adults

Vaccines work – join the EIW initiative

Protected from the threat of vaccine-preventable diseases, immunised children have a better chance of living a long and healthy life. The advantages are further increased by vaccination also in adolescents and adulthood. After general hygiene improvements – first of all, clean water supply – vaccines represent the most effective and cost-saving public health intervention. Still, vaccines continue to be under-used all over the world. 

ECDC supports the European Immunization Week campaign lead by WHO/Europe by providing scientific evidence on immunisation. Join the EIW initiative to increase vaccination coverage by raising awareness of the importance of immunisation. 

Latest news and reports


Measles vaccination gaps in teenagers and young adults highlighted in ECDC’s report

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Measles and rubella surveillance for 2017

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Monthly measles and rubella monitoring report, April 2018

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Get informed

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Measles affects all age groups, 2014-2017 data

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Rapid risk assessment: Risk of measles transmission in the EU/EEA

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ECDC Vaccine Scheduler

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Get involved

Join the conversation on social media by using the hashtags: #ImmunizeEurope and #VaccinesWork, and follow @ECDC_VPD for updates.