Cross-border health threats: assessment, evidence-based decision making & communication
The aim of the workshop is to strengthen capacity in Member States of the European Union (EU) and of the European Economic Area (EEA) in increasing and strengthening knowledge on the use of scientific evidence for assessment, decision-making and communication of cross-borders health threats in the European Union.
European Health Forum Gastein 2016: ECDC workshop discusses life-course vaccination approaches and challenges
When discussing vaccination, it is common to focus on immunisation of children. However, the changes in the EU’s demographic structure, with growing life expectancy, and the contribution of vaccinating older generations to healthy aging, have determined a growing interest in research and strategic approaches to life-course vaccination.
Workshop: Influenza vaccination campaigns of healthcare workers
The uptake of seasonal influenza vaccination in EU Member States has not reached the target levels in the 2009 Council Recommendations. This knowledge sharing workshop is intended to support communications activities surrounding national influenza vaccination campaigns, specifically campaigns targeting healthcare workers. The workshop will highlight good practices and success stories, as well as share encouraging and challenging experiences of the Member States’ campaigns. It will also discuss and consider ways ECDC can support Member States in their campaigns through the creation of a “community of practice”, and how best to achieve that via the existing platforms and tools.
Understanding the behavioural aspects and the role of health communication in mitigating the impact of seasonal influenza
Researchers, experts on communication and public health experts exchanged experiences and recent evidence-based research regarding the main behavioral aspects of population’s response to preventive measures regarding influenza. Discussion concentrated on health communication strategies that could be undertaken to increase uptake of seasonal influenza vaccination and so mitigate the impacts of influenza in Europe.
Acute respiratory pandemics: how to plan for and manage
This practical course will cover outbreak investigation, pandemic planning, recent developments in respiratory pathogen biology and therapy, and will focus around two practical scenarios in which participants will gain experience in managing an acute epidemic. Research during an epidemic and ethical aspects will also be covered.