EU/EEA Member States prepare for next round in annual reporting for verification of measles and rubella elimination
The summary of the the first intercountry meeting, held in Copenhagen on 24-25 March 2015, hosted jointly by WHO/Europe and the European Centre for Disease Prevention and Control (ECDC) to address issues encountered by the national verfication committeees in European Union (EU)/European Economic Area (EEA) Member States.
EIW 2015 at ECDC
On the occasion of the tenth anniversary of European Immunization Week, ECDC is releasing a new complement of data, tools, blogs and updates to support public health authorities in their work against vaccine preventable diseases.
2015 Measles and Rubella Monitoring Report now available
3 969 cases of measles were reported by 30 EU/EEA countries from 1 January to 31 December 2015, according to ECDC’s latest measles and rubella monitoring report. One measles-related death was reported in a 19 month old child, and six cases were complicated by acute measles encephalitis.
European Immunisation Week: ECDC highlights resources available on measles and rubella
During the course of European Immunisation Week (EIW), 24 – 30 April 2016, ECDC is putting the spotlight on its resources in support of measles and rubella elimination. These range from disease surveillance and epidemic intelligence to communication tools and guides on awareness raising about the importance of vaccination, as well as the vaccination scheduler tool.
Steady progress towards the elimination goal for measles and rubella but more needs to be done
On 23 November WHO Europe published the results from the 5th annual meeting of the European Regional Verification Commission for Measles and Rubella Elimination (RVC).
'Free Thinkers for Measles Elimination' meetingArchived
ECDC convened a meeting of public health experts and successful professionals with experience in management, marketing, campaigning, behaviour change and other professional areas. The purpose of the event was to generate new ideas for promoting measles vaccination in Europe.
Individual decision-making and childhood vaccination
ECDC organised a meeting among invited experts to exchange cross-disciplinary perspectives on the issue of MMR vaccination refusal among the general European population.
European Immunisation Week, 2016
European Immunization Week (EIW) is celebrated across the European Region every April. It aims to raise awareness of the importance of immunization for people’s health and well-being. Activities in 2016 focused on the progress and challenges in the Region’s concerted effort to eliminate measles and rubella.
Rubella revisited: Where are we on the road to disease elimination in Central Europe?Archived
Elimination of rubella and prevention of congenital rubella infection in Europe has been a high priority for the WHO European Regional Office over the past decade. In 2010 the WHO regional committee for Europe renewed its commitment to the elimination of rubella and prevention of CRS with a new target of 2015. For Central Europe to reach the target of rubella elimination and prevention of CRS by 2015, very high vaccine coverage levels need to be maintained and catch-up campaigns continued to address susceptible groups, in particular women of child-bearing age.