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