ECDC is launching a complement of new resources to support front line health care workers and public health professionals working on routine vaccination programmes. This coincides with European Immunisation Week which runs from 20-27 April.
A new platform of vaccination schedules for individual European countries and specific age groups has been developed in collaboration with the Groupe d’Etudes en Preventologie.
Information can be filtered by country, disease and for specific age groups. It allows for a comparison of schedules across two countries and to view the vaccination calendar by disease for all or a selection of countries. The information can also be downloaded as an Excel file for further usage.
See the vaccine schedule
An interactive atlas based on surveillance data available to ECDC offers an easy to understand visualisation of the progress towards measles elimination in each European country. Four series of data maps cover vaccination coverage - one and two doses, and incidence rates - by age groups, covering 2006 to 2012.
See the measles atlas
Let’s talk about protection
A pool of practical resources and informed advice specifically developed to help frontline health care professionals involved with immunisation services.
The practical resources include examples of letters to parents and a ‘vaccine policy statement’ and Q&As to use with parents. There is guidance on how to best communicate with parents about vaccinating their children. It’s not just about what is said but also the setting of the conversation and the experience of the families in the system leading up to that point.
Let’s talk about protection also puts forward the thoughts, knowledge and insights of parents, social marketers and other health workers in their own words.
See the site "Let's talk about protection"
Twitter chat on meningitis: #MeningitisChat
On Wednesday 24 April, ECDC is co-hosting a Twitter chat on meningitis with the Confederation of Meningitis Organisation. Join ECDC experts Pierluigi Lopalco and Lucia Pastore for this live Twitter chat at 11:30 Central European Summer Time (CEST).
How to join the Twitter chat:
- Go to Twitter
- Enter #MeningitisChat
- Or click this link: https://twitter.com/search?q=%23meningitischat&src=typd
- To post a question or comment during the live chat, include #MeningitisChat in your tweets
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