Current practices in immunisation policymaking in European countries
This report describes and summarises the national processes for vaccine policymaking currently implemented in EU/EEA countries, the roles of the so-called national technical advisory groups (NITAGs) in the Member States and – if applicable – details of the national frameworks, with the aim to assess NITAG collaboration in Europe.
The decision making process on recommended vaccinations is complex. It needs to not only take into account the purely medical benefits and risks of the evaluated vaccine (‘context-free’ factors such as vaccine effectiveness and safety), it must also consider local cultural values and preferences on vaccination (‘context-specific’ factors). ECDC publishes a new report that describes and summarises the national processes on vaccine policymaking, the role of the Member States’ national technical advisory groups (NITAGs), and assesses the collaboration of such groups. NITAGs are independent advisory bodies that provide evidence-based recommendations to policy makers to guide policies and strategies on vaccination. This report, based on a 28 country survey, aims to better understand the decision-making in each NITAG and explore possibilities for collaboration and the sharing of resources. The report finds that there are still several issues to resolve before collaboration among NITAGs starts such as data protection and codes of conduct for unpublished data, among others. It concludes that if NITAGs work together it could lead to less duplication of work, improved data and methodologies in vaccine decision-making across Europe.
Public consultation on HPV vaccines guidance opens
1 Apr 2019 - This guidance covers the following areas in relation to HPV vaccination: efficacy of the nine-valent HPV vaccine, HPV vaccination in people living with HIV and HPV vaccination in males and the cost-effectiveness of extending the HPV vaccination programme to include males.
Seasonal influenza vaccination and antiviral use in EU/EEA Member States
18 Dec 2018 - Overview of vaccine recommendations for 2017–2018 and vaccination coverage rates for 2015–2016 and 2016–2017 influenza seasons.