Questions and answers about childhood vaccination
Commonly asked questions about vaccines and immunisation with suggested answers that can be used to assist with conversations with patients, parents or caregivers, or made into information sheets.
Addressing misconceptions on measles vaccination
Since the introduction of vaccination, myths and misconceptions regarding vaccination have been present. Scientific research in psychology has shown that addressing these misconceptions is difficult: mere reading about a myth, even about a myth’s refutation, can strengthen the myth, rather than weaken its influence. Likewise, an explicit and strong negation of a risk can paradoxically increase rather than decrease the perception of risk in readers.
Infographic: Protect unborn babies from rubella
If a woman gets rubella shortly before getting pregnant or during the first three months of pregnancy, it is very likely to result in miscarriage or congenital anomalies known as congenital rubella syndrome (CRS).
Patient story - Nastasia’s story – ECDC/Euronews video
Nastasia has made a spectacular recovery. Just a year ago she was in a coma after contracting measles. The 16-year old who lives in Valence, in south eastern France, suddenly complained of a sore throat, red spots appeared and she had a high temperature. After one week at 41°C, she was hospitalised, diagnosed with measles encephalitis.