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.
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.
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).
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.
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.
Low uptake of seasonal influenza vaccination in Europe may jeopardise capacity to protect people in next pandemic
Influenza vaccination coverage among high-risk groups has dropped in the European Region over the last seven years, and half the countries report a decrease in the number of vaccine doses available.
WHO recommendations for influenza virus vaccine composition for the 2018-2019 Northern hemisphere season
On 19-21 February 2018 the World Health Organization (WHO) agreed on the recommended composition of the trivalent influenza vaccine for the northern hemisphere 2018-2019 influenza season.