This year's European Immunization Week takes place from 24 - 30 April 2017.
Below is an overview of the EIW 2017 events in different countries. This list will be updated on an ongoing basis. Currently the list includes: Austria, Belgium, Germany, Irland, Netherlands, Poland, Ukraine and United Kingdom.
Styria state: Measles immunization campaign in schools focused on students and teachers
Statement by the European Academy of Paediatrics in the European Journal of Paediatrics
Austria - Innsbruck
The Austrian Medical Student's Association is currently working on activities regarding the European Immunization Week 2017. We are trying to find different approaches to this topic. We want to reach parents, teenager, health care workers, medical students, as well as refugees.
Plan so far:
- Teddybearhospital: The Teddybearhospital will take place in the first week of april in Innsbruck. Little children come with their teddybears into the hospital, often accompanied by their parents. There will be an info-booth about vaccination.
- Social Media Campaign: We want to create a Pro-Vaccination movement on the Internet for this week in April. People will change their profile picture on facebook or post on twitter or instagram along with a fact about immunization. This will be a national campaign, we also want to work together with medical students from Denmark, Ireland and the Netherlands.
- Pannel discussion: We are working together with the European Law Students Association Innsbruck. We want to discuss topics like the current situation of immunization in Austria, as well as solutions and new approaches.
- Information evening for healthcare-workers and medical students on how to approach vaccination scepticals.
- We will visit homes for refugees to give information about vaccination and maybe give them a possibility to get vaccinated.
- We are also planning on going in schools, to make workshops about immunization. Topics will be: How does vaccination work ? What are the achievements? Why is it important to vaccinate? Who is at risk, if there is an immunization gap ? Our focus will be on measles, as well as HPV.
"Deutschland sucht den Impfpass" campaign (http://www.impfen-info.de/impfpass/)
Information material available for public health authorities, schools etc. (http://www.impfen-info.de/mediathek/printmaterialien/)
@VaccinesToday plans to to launch the first in a series of animated videos about life-long immunisation. The preliminary idea - which we will begin developing this month - is to introduce the public to a family and then to have individual 'episodes' to explain some of the vaccine-preventable diseases that affect each. This will also give us a chance to show how protecting one family member from infection could help protect others.
Annual Conference for health workers « Vasteprik-dag », 13 April 2017
National Conference on vaccinations throughout life for NGOs, parents, seniors, 25 April.
Media: press conference + national and regional press releases
General public: several (WHO, ECDC and National Institute of Public Health) materials for on-line communication (infographic, leaflets etc);
Web: Story on NIPH web page; Twitter (using NIPH profile hashtags #WorldImmunizationWeek, EIW2017 #vaccineswork); Facebook (using NIPH profile), Newsletter NIPH.
Social survey on immunization among parents, flash mob, online promotion (Facebook, vKontant, You Tube), press conference
National Immunisation conference is scheduled for 25th – 26th April