Operational guidance on rapid risk assessment methodology
This guidance document develops a methodology for rapid risk assessments undertaken in the initial stages of an event or incident of potential public health concern.
Communication on immunisation – building trust
With an emphasis on the concepts of trust and transparency, this guide has been developed to assist those involved in planning and implementing health communication activities to promote immunisation.
Guidance and protocol for the use of real-time PCR in laboratory diagnosis of human infection with Bordetella pertussis or Bordetella parapertussis
ECDC is addressing the harmonisation and improvement of pertussis diagnosis for surveillance and outbreak detection/monitoring in order to assure quality and comparability of data. The guidance and protocol are intended for real-time PCR on DNA extracted from clinical specimens obtained from patients with suspected whooping cough (i.e. Bordetella pertussis or B. parapertussis).
Guidance and protocol for the serological diagnosis of human infection with Bordetella pertussis
Scientific guide of the European public health microbiology training programme
This scientific guide describes the European Union public health microbiology training programme (EUPHEM) and includes areas such as core competencies, training objectives, training content, and coordination of the training. The guide is intended to be a reference document for the EUPHEM programme but could also be useful to other public health institutes and professionals.
Diagnostic preparedness in Europe for detection of avian influenza A(H7N9) viruses
In China, a novel avian-origin reassortant influenza A(H7N9) virus has been detected in a number of human cases.
Types of seasonal influenza vaccine
Injected trivalent inactivated influenza vaccines are most commonly used throughout the world. Influenza antigen preparation varies between manufacturers. The inactivated influenza vaccines available in the EU/EEA may contain either split virion influenza virus products or subunit influenza products. Adjuvanted inactivated subunit influenza vaccine for older people is available in some EU/EEA Member States and is since 2015 authorised for younger children in Canada but not yet in Europe.
HEPSA – health emergency preparedness self-assessment tool, User guide
HEPSA is used to evaluate levels of preparedness, identify potential gaps, identify vulnerabilities, and detect areas for improvement – with the goal to strengthen overall preparedness capacities for public health emergencies. This user guide provides basic information on the self-assessment process.
Curricular process guide for EPIET and EPIET-associated fellowships
This guide aims to describe the key principles defining the scientific content of EPIET/EAPs for fellows, training site supervisors and EPIET/EAP coordinators.