Childhood immunisation conference: progress, challenges and prioritiesArchived
ECDC Director, Marc Sprenger, and several other ECDC experts addressed a conference on childhood immunisation over 16 and 17 October.
ECDC Director, Marc Sprenger, and several other ECDC experts will address a conference on childhood immunisation over 16 and 17 October. The conference has been organised by the DG Health and Consumers, European Commission, and is primarily for national policy officials, experts in the field of immunisation, healthcare professionals associations and others. Marc Sprenger focuses on the measles situation in his introductory speech to the conference. He emphasises that it is possible to eliminate measles from Europe but more needs to be done in order to achieve this. The conference will consider a range of topics including: strengthening and monitoring immunisation programmes, how to improve the vaccination offer, improving access to hard to reach communities and improving awareness and trust in the public.
Ebola treatment trial: two drugs identified as more effective
14 Aug 2019 - Two out of the four drugs tested in a multi-drug randomised control trial have been found more effective in treating Ebola, the World Health Organization announced on Monday. The Data and Safety Monitoring Board, an independent body that has been reviewing interim safety and efficacy data, has therefore recommended that the study be stopped and that all future patients be randomized to receive either REGN-EB3 or mAb114, in what is being considered an extension phase of the study.
Staying healthy during Pride season: practice safer sex and check vaccination status
2 Aug 2019 - Dutch health authorities have recently reported an increase of hepatitis A infections particularly affecting men who have sex with men. With the on-going Pride events across Europe, ECDC stresses the importance of ensuring hepatitis A vaccination, (advice for) safer sex and personal hygiene practices including washing hands and genital areas before and after sex to avoid infection.
Travellers who recently received rabies post-exposure prophylaxis in Philippines advised to contact health services
26 Jul 2019 - The recommendation from ECDC follows reports of falsified rabies vaccines and anti-rabies serum circulating in the Philippines and is aimed at travellers who have received the vaccine or serum after possible exposure to rabies.