Expert opinion on meningococcal B vaccine – information and suggestions to EU/EEA countries
The ECDC expert opinion provides information on the burden of serogroup B invasive meningococcal disease in the EU/EEA, includes general considerations for 4CMenB introduction such as vaccine immunogenicity, safety, cost-effectiveness, ease of implementation and areas for country collaboration, and highlights different options for vaccine introduction.
Diphtheria outbreaks in Yemen and Venezuela
An outbreak of diphtheria is currently being experienced in Yemen and Venezuela. One hundred and twenty diphtheria cases have been reported in Yemen in the last two months, while Venezuela has seen more than 500 probable cases in 2017, as detailed in today’s Communicable Disease Threat Report.
E-learning course on how to increase influenza vaccination uptake
It is important that healthcare workers (HCWs) get vaccinated against seasonal influenza since they can get influenza from, and transmit influenza to, patients and other HCWs. This e-learning course has been developed since seasonal influenza vaccination of HCWs is recommended in Europe but vaccination uptake remains low in most countries. It provides information about how to assess the uptake and barriers to vaccination, as well as examples of successful campaigns that have increased the vaccination among HCWs. The target audience is public health professionals who organize vaccination campaigns for HCWs.
Addressing vaccine hesitancy in challenging times: ECDC workshop at European Health Forum Gastein 2017
ECDC is hosting a workshop at the European Health Forum Gastein (EHFG) 2017, highlighting the complex nature of vaccine hesitancy, as well as the necessity for an inter-sectorial approach and political leadership.
WHO recommendations for influenza virus vaccine composition for the 2018 southern hemisphere influenza season
The World Health Organization (WHO) has recommended the composition of the trivalent influenza vaccine for the southern hemisphere winter 2018 influenza season in a report published 28 September 2017.
ECDC report shows strong potential of E-health to increase vaccination coverage in Europe
Twenty one EU/EEA countries have developed or are in the process of developing systems to digitally record information about vaccination, according to a new “ECDC survey report on immunisation information systems implementation and system characteristics”.
European Immunisation Week April, 2017
European Immunization Week (EIW) is celebrated across the European Region every April to raise awareness of the importance of immunization for people’s health and well-being. Under the slogan "Vaccines work" EIW 2017 focuses on the need for and benefits of immunization at every stage in life.
Effect of introducing high-valency pneumococcal conjugate vaccines on invasive pneumococcal disease in children
This is the main finding of a recent article based on data from The Streptococcus pneumoniae Invasive Disease network (SpIDnet).
Epidemiological update: Measles - monitoring European outbreaks, 23 March 2017
From September 2016 to 17 March 2017, Romania has reported 3 799 cases. In 2016, a number of EU/EEA countries reported measles outbreaks and an increase in the number of cases continues to be observed in 2017.