Nowadays, several diseases can be prevented by vaccination. Thanks to vaccination, people can be protected against diseases that could have serious consequences for their health. Vaccination also reduces the risk of spreading the diseases among family members, school mates or colleagues, friends and neighbours, as well as to other people in the community. Research is ongoing to develop vaccines against more diseases.
2009 influenza A (H1N1) pandemic
The 2009 influenza A(H1N1) pandemic was declared over in August 2010 by the World Health Organization. Europe has now entered a new inter-pandemic phase of seasonal influenza.