Vaccine-preventable Diseases Programme

networks and partnerships

The programme on vaccine-preventable diseases (VPD) covers vaccination issues in general and the following 14 diseases in particular: diphtheria, human papilloma virus (HPV) infections, measles, mumps, pertussis, poliomyelitis, rabies, rotavirus infection, rubella, tetanus, varicella, and invasive bacterial infections with Haemophilus influenzae type B (HiB), Neisseria meningitides, and Streptococcus pneumoniae.

Issues regarding influenza, tick-borne encephalitis, tuberculosis and viral hepatitides A and B are covered by other programmes at ECDC.

The programme's activities are developed in collaboration with the international key stakeholders and immunisation experts in the European Union (EU).

Each EU citizen should receive correct evidence-based information on vaccines and have the same immunisation opportunities. A high level of safety and quality should be assured in all phases of the vaccination process, in particular well-trained staff, adequate vaccine storage, secure storage of patient records, follow-up of adverse reactions, as well as surveillance of local vaccination coverage.

The programme's long-term objective is the control and elimination of VPD in the EU Member States.

We aim to provide:

  • Scientific advice on vaccines that will support policy makers in their decisions regarding the national vaccination schedules. This includes the vaccines against diphtheria/tetanus/poliomyelitis (DPT), influenza, infections with human papillomavirus and rotavirus, pneumococcal disease, tuberculosis (BCG), etc. 
  • Improved vaccine safety through monitoring and managing of adverse events at EU level; 
  • Standardised procedures for the detection and reporting of VPD outbreak; 
  • Comparable data on disease burden, vaccine coverage, and impact of vaccination from national surveillance systems; 
  • Quick reports and risk assessments in emergency situations; 
  • Standard training to improve professionalism in the field of VPD in the EU; 
  • A regular newsletter that informs about new developments and policies, conferences and workshops, and comments on a selected scientific publications.

The programme at ECDC is supporting the Member States in the following activities:

  • Identification and assessment of threats posed by VPDs or adverse events following vaccination; 
  • Surveillance data collection, analysis and reporting; 
  • Organisation and participation in international collaboration on overreaching issues by working groups of experts, workshops, scientific panels; 
  • Coordination and conducting of scientific working groups; 
  • Assessment of the national immunisation programmes(country visits); 
  • Communication activities promoting vaccination.


Head of Programme: Lucia Pastore Celentano
Programme Manager: Karam Adel Ali