European Immunization Week, 2020
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. ECDC supports the European Immunization Week campaign lead by WHO/Europe by providing scientific evidence on immunisation.
Latest news and reports
ECDC launches new European Vaccination Information Portal
The main purpose of this website is to provide accurate, objective, up-to-date evidence on vaccines and vaccination in general. It also provides an overview of the mechanisms in place in the European Union (EU) to ensure that available vaccines conform to the highest standards of safety and effectiveness.
This website was developed by the European Centre for Disease Prevention and Control (ECDC), in partnership with the European Commission, specifically, its Department on Health and Food Safety (DG SANTE) and the European Medicines Agency (EMA). It is an initiative of the European Union and was developed following the Council Recommendation on Strengthened Cooperation against Vaccine Preventable Diseases adopted in December 2018.
European Vaccination Information Portal
The main purpose of this website is to provide accurate, objective, up-to-date evidence on vaccines and vaccination in general.
Measles continues to spread across the EU/EEA – No time for complacency
A total of 13 200 measles cases were reported by the EU/EEA countries and the UK in 2019. In addition, approximately 1 000 measles cases were reported in the first two months of 2020. Cases were reported in all age groups. This highlights the importance of continuous efforts to improve routine childhood immunisation programmes and address immunity gaps in the population.
Infographic: Measles in Europe, April 2020
Infographic: Measles affects all age groups, 2016-2019 data
Measles - Annual Epidemiological Report for 2019
ECDC’s annual surveillance reports provide a wealth of epidemiological data to support decision-making at the national level. They are mainly intended for public health professionals and policymakers involved in disease prevention and control programmes.
Immunisation is a safe and cost-effective way to protect people, especially infants and young children – from certain infectious diseases.Read more
ECDC Vaccine Scheduler
The Vaccine Scheduler is an interactive tool that shows vaccination schedules for individual EU/EEA countries and specific age groups.Read more
Monthly measles and rubella monitoring
ECDC publishes a monthly surveillance report on measles and rubella data submitted by the 30 EU/EEA countries.Read more
Risk assessment: Who is at risk of measles in the EU/EEA?
28 May 2019 - A large epidemic of measles has affected the EU/EEA Member States in the past three years, with 44 074 cases reported to ECDC by 30 Member States between 1 January 2016 and 31 March 2019.
About the campaign
The WHO European Region celebrates European Immunization Week (EIW) every year to raise awareness of the importance of immunization in preventing diseases and protecting life. This year, on 20–26 April 2020, EIW showcases the value of vaccines in many aspects of good health and well-being throughout life.