European Immunisation Week, 24-30 April 2019

23 April 2019

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European Immunisation Week (EIW) runs from 24-30 April 2019. Every year, the World Health Organization (WHO) European Region marks EIW to promote immunisation as vital to preventing diseases and protecting life.

EIW began in 2005 to celebrate the success of immunisation and to promote the message that vaccines save lives. Since then the initiative has grown into one of the most visible public health campaigns in the region. EIW is utilized by ministries, public health institutions, healthcare workers and other individuals in their efforts to sustain or increase immunisation coverage.

This year the campaign aims to raise awareness of the benefits of vaccination and to celebrate the 'vaccine heroes' who contribute in so many ways to protecting lives through vaccination.

'Vaccine heroes' include health workers who administer vaccines, parents who choose vaccination for their children, and everyone who seeks evidence-based information and passes it on to empower others. This concept is further embedded in the larger framework of World Immunisation Week (also 24-30 April 2019), which will focus on the theme 'Protected Together, Vaccines Work'.

EIW’s key messages and facts about vaccines will be disseminated in countries across the region through information campaigns, interviews, blogs, panel discussions, press releases, television programmes, scientific conferences and other activities, many of which will be attended by immunisation experts from WHO and partner organizations. Highlights will be published after the event in the form of an EIW annual report.

Source: WHO Europe, April 2019