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European Immunization Week 2017


Event details

This year's European Immunization Week takes place from 24 - 30 April 2017. 

Below is an overview of the EIW 2017 activities being organized in different countries and regionally. This list will be updated on an ongoing basis. To add your events please write to eueiw@who.int.


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


The Austrian Medical Student's Association is currently working on activities regarding the European Immunization Week 2017 to reach parents, teenagers, health care workers, medical students, as well as refugees.

  • 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.


Long Evening of Vaccination in every "Gesundheitsamt" in Carinthia (Klagenfurt, Villach and 8 more) to give working people easy access to an immunization record check and to get any vaccination they need .

Development and dissemination of promotion materials


News on website and facebook and twitter (for general public):


Information materials sent, by post (as a leaflet) and email (as attachment), to all vaccinators.

Bosnia and Herzegovina

  • Information materials developed and disseminated
  • 24 April: Joint kick-off meeting organized by health authorities, UNICEF, and WHO
  • Monday, 24 April:
    • Lecture at the medical faculty in Sarajevo – WHO

    • Workshop with MoH, NITAG, Public Health Institute and WHO, Federation of Bosnia and Herzegovina, Sarajevo.

  • Tuesday 25 April:
    • Workshop, paediatricians, Public Health Institute and WHO, Federation of Bosnia and Herzegovina, Sarajevo.
    • Press conference, Republica Srepska, Banja Luka
    • Training workshop with peadiatricians, nurses, MoH, Public Health Institute, NITAG Republica Srepska, Banja Luka – WHO
  • Other:
    • Press releases
    • Roundtables with key stakeholders, Republica Srpska


Activities include:

  • Two symposiums on immunization in Rijeka and Split for healthcare workers.
  • A public forum on immunization in Rijeka open to all interested audiences.
  • On 6 May, there will be a symposium on immunization in Zagreb.
  • An article on immunization on Croatia Institute of Public Health's website,: https://www.hzjz.hr/novosti/ususret-tjednu-cijepljenja-24-30-travnja-2017-godine/
  • On 7 April the Croatian Medical Chamber and the Institute of Public Health organized a round table on immunization with a press conference, and published a Declaration on importance of immunization, which received good media coverage.
  • During the EIW, many media appearances on the topic of immunization are scheduled.
  • Croatian Medical Chamber will launch a blog (or facebook page) on vaccination, in which concerns about immunization will be addressed.


Extensive media campaign by Ministry of Social Affairs and Health Board was very prevalent in mainstream media and also in social media. 


The city of Nice has set-up an information point on the Promenade du Paillon as well as vaccination clinics in the city’s hospitals. 


  • Press conferences
  • Meeting at the parliament of Georgia (report on state immunization program achievements/activities for 2014-2015)
  • Press releases for agencies and journalists
  • Meeting with Tbilisi Healthcare facility managers and Public health centre representatives to provide information on results, challenges and achievements of the immunization
  • TV and Radio coverage in more than 15 programs on different channels
  • Information and short columns for the information agencies (Interpressnews, Medianews, Ipress and etc.)
  • Social announcement “Protect and vaccinate” on different TV channels for 2 weeks
  • Film (April 20-30, twice a day on TV channel “Pulse”)
  • Web survey April 18-30.
  • Photo and video material placed on the web-page, face book and twitter of the NCDC.
  • Dissemination of information materials


A comprehensive overview of the EIW 2017 events in Germany is available here: http://www.immunize-europe.org/calendar/event/82-eiw-2017-events-germany/


The Hellenic Center for Disease Control & Prevention (HCDCP) implemented and supported the following activities:

  •  Press conference on 25 April 2017 held at the premises of HCDCP, with the attendance of the General Secretary of Public Health, MoH, pediatric and epidemiology experts and invited health journalists. 
  • Press release on vaccines and the activities planned for the EIW in Greece. 
  • Posts on HCDCP’s Facebook and Twitter accounts.
  • Production of posters and leaflets for the general public
  • Production of EIW banners 
  • Material on EIW and Vaccine preventable Diseases on the Centre’s website, updated for 2017, and remained in the highlights section for the duration (http://bit.ly/1HVXD4c)
  • HCDCP organized communication campaign for two days in Athens and one day in Thessaloniki at central city locations. Specialized staff manned stands with EIW banners and handed out leaflets, as well as spoke to the public about the necessity and benefits of vaccinations. 


Italian Paediatric Society (SIP):  

  • availability of experts in vaccine field to answer parents’ questions on vaccination by
  • phone during the EIW;
  • printing and distribution of  EIW 2017 campaign materials in Italian, also incorporated in a special SIP newsletter to all 9000 members;
  • scheduled meetings in schools to discuss the importance of vaccinations;
  • promotion on home page of SIP website (http://www.epicentro.iss.it/temi/vaccinazioni/SettimanaVaccinazioni2017.asp


  • Scientific conference for 160 epidemiologists and general practitioners focused on global and national epidemiological situation of vaccine-preventable diseases, status of immunization in the country and position of religious authorities on immunization;
  • interviews and articles in national and regional press;
  • charity marathon and fair to promote vaccination issues among the population and to disseminate information on the importance of immunization for the population of different ages;
  • EIW banners and magnets (in Russian and Kazakh) distributed in regions;
  • EIW banners on public buses with slogan “Immunization for life!” (in Russian and Kazakh)
  • all information materials included hotline number for issues concerning immunization, 270 questions were received and answered;
  • mobile unit for provision of advice on vaccination reached 360 parents;
  • regional events included roundtables, sports competitions, lectures, leaflets and meetings with parents
  • vaccines provided to homeless persons, migrants, undocumented people and persons who previously missed vaccinations.


  • Specialists to support local health staff in preparation and conducting of EIW activities
  • Press conference
  • Roundtable discussion
  • Showing of EIW video on national television
  • Dissemination of printed materials.


  • The Health Promotion and Infectious Disease Directorate issued a Press Release on the theme of “Vaccines Work” with particular attention to MMR.
  • School nurses reviewed the records of children aged 5 years who had not received the first or second dose of MMR. They contacted parents to ask for the reason why the child was not vaccinated. In those cases where there was vaccine hesitancy, the nurses spoke to parents and explained the benefits of the vaccine and also discussed safety issues. Out of an initial 200 children who had no record of MMR vaccination (1st or 2nd dose), 49 were taken by their parents to the local Health Centre for them to be vaccinated.



  • 24 April: Live broadcast from the Institute for Public Health in major morning TV show. 08:30 CET
  • TV Vijesti, Dr Senad Begic, National immunizations focal point. Subject: introduction to EIW, presenting the activities during the week etc.
  • 25 April: Live broadcast on national radio Radio Crne Gore 1 “Radio ordinacija”, 10:00 CET, dr Milko Joksimović, Institute for Public Health
  • Live broadcast on local radi, Radio Cetinje, 11:00 CET, dr Milko Joksimović, Institute for Public Health
  • 26 April: Live broadcast on local radio, Radio Cetinje, 11:00 CET, dr Milko Joksimović, Institute for Public Health
  • 27 April: Public lecture – Q&A session, With parental association “Roditelji”, 18:00, Playground “Kidsland”, Podgorica, Dr Senad Begic, National immunizations focal point
  • 28 April: Panel discussion “Importance of immunizations”, 10:00, EU INFO Center, WHO Country Office head: Miss Mina Brajović, UNICEF CO Head: Mr Benjamin Perks, Institute for Public Health: Dr Senad Begic, National immunizations focal point
  • Internet portal: zdravlje.co.me  - “School of immunizations”, series of educational texts, made and developed author dr Jovan Raicevic, paediatrician
  • Social media: live feed on FB and twitter on all activities
  • Live feed coverage from lecture and panel discussion: zdravlje.co.me ; #healthUP project


Annual Conference for health workers "Vasteprik-dag",  13 April 2017


National Institute of Public Health (NIPH):

- Notification was posted on the NIPH webpages to inform healthcare personell about the European immunization week: https://www.fhi.no/meldinger/markering-av-europeisk-vaksinasjonsuke-2017/

- Two animations were made and posted on the NIPH facebook feed. They illustrate how introduction of polio and measles vaccine in the childhood immunisation programme dramatically reduced the number of reported cases of the diseases in Norway. Both animations are ending with the slogan «Vaccines work»:


o   https://www.facebook.com/folkehelseinstituttet.no/videos/1431871806880163/

o   https://www.facebook.com/folkehelseinstituttet.no/videos/1431735623560448/

25 April: National conference on vaccinations throughout life for NGOs, parents, seniors. The Ministry of Health together with the WHO Country Office in Poland, National Institute of Public Health – National Hygiene Institute and Chief Sanitary Inspectorate organized the national conference “Vaccines work!”, the goal of which was to increase vaccination coverage by raising awareness of the importance of immunization among parents and caregivers.

The conference was opened by the Minister of Health, Konstanty Radziwill,  followed by a presentation of Dr Mark Muscat (WHO/Europe) on the importance of vaccination. Special participants were bloggers who are advocating for vaccinations among parents and showing in different ways that vaccination works. A panel discussion included bloggers – Ms Agata Aleksandrowicz, Mr Kamil Nowak; Ms Alicja Kost -  as well as representatives of health care institutions – Dr Ewa Duszczyk, Prof Andrzej Radzikowski and Prof. Ernest Kuchar.   

Republic of Moldova

  • 26 April: Informal Press Club. Organized by WHO, Ministry of Health, National Center for Public Health, UNICEF, to include participants from national media outlets, the Association of Pediatrics and NGOs
  • 27 April: Debates on immunization and flash mob – “Nicolae Testemitanu” State University of Medicine and Pharmacy
  • 3 May: Open Door Day – national vaccine storage facility
  • Production and distribution of communication materials
  • Interviews, articles in national press, public service announcements, video,
  • Photo exhibition by UNICEF


High-level national immunization event attended by WHO/Europe Regional Director Dr Zsuzsanna Jakab, as well as visit to health clinic. 



  • Educational activities in schools with participation of epidemiologists and medical students 
  • Lecture on immunization for town mayors
  • Survey of parents in outpatient clinic to assess attitudes toward immunization
  • Meeting at maternal centre
  • Education of health workers focused on immunization throughout life and coordinating procedures related to measles. 
  • Information materials, posters and leaflets distributed to the public through general practitioners, schools and Roma health community workers. 


  • 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.


During the EIW, there will be following activities:

Communication with primary care providers:

  • Letter to paedriatists
  • Newsletter to gynaecologists
  • E-Mail to contact persons of partner organisations
  • Article in the FOPH Bulletin
  • Article in Paediatrica 

Communication with the public:

  • Press release 20.04.2017
  • Adverts (20min, BlickAA, SI, Schweizer Familie, Grosseltern, Illustré, Femina, Marie Claire, Illu Ticinese)
  • Banners (wireltern.ch, swissmom.ch, swissfamily.ch, gofeminin.ch, aufeminin.ch, alfeminile.ch)
  • Distribution of information via partner organizations
  • Article in FOPH Spectra


Annual celebration of European Immunization Week (EIW) 2017 under the slogan of “Vaccines work” was launched in Tajikistan on April 24th.

EIW was commenced by conducting round table at Republican Center of Immunoprophylaxis under the Ministry of Health and Social Protection (MOHSP). Round table was chaired by the First Deputy Minister of Health and Social Protection Dr. Saida Gairat,  and co-chaired by WHO Representative Dr. Igor Pokanevych and UNICEF Representative Mrs. Lucia Elmi. Other participants of the round table included more than thirty MOHSP staff and representatives of national mass media. The round table served as an excellent forum to advocate for and raise awareness on childhood vaccination and to reinforce the importance of childhood vaccination among parents and caregivers, health care professionals, policy and decision-makers, and the media.

Celebration of EIW initiative coincided with the preparation process to forthcoming National Days of Supplementary Immunization Activities against measles and rubella planned for May, 2017.

The event was widely broadcasted on national and regional TV channels; volunteers had been disseminating EIC materials with reinforcing messages on importance of timely immunization among children in capital Dushanbe and Regional centers of the country.

The former Yugoslav Republic of Macedonia

The WHO Country Office supported the Ministry of Health and responsible health institutions to promote immunization. Posters, key messages and all other available information were distributed to health professionals and the public. EIW was very well covered in media.  


  •  Vaccination awareness raising activities among the healthcare workers and the general population have been carried out in all provinces.
  •  Billboards and online posters developed by the Ministry of Health.

Ukrainian Immunization Week organized within the EIW ran on 24 -30 April under the leadership of the NGO “Parents for Vaccination”.

  • Launching of the campaign, supported by WHO and Rotary  started with meeting of parents with the most popular immunization advocate in the country Dr. Yevhen Komarovsky, paediatrician and TV presenter, who answered the questions on vaccination and vaccine preventable diseases, and moderated following  panel discussion which brought together the Deputy Minister of Health Dr. Oksana Syvak, WHO expert Dr. Niyazi Cakmak, chief specialists on children immunization and epidemiology and representatives of patients’ NGOs. The event received outstanding media (37 media including all-national TV channels and newspapers) and social media coverage.
  • WHO supported the conference organized by the Ukrainian Academy of Paediatrics – NGO that unites paediatricians from all the country. The conference was dedicated to Immunization in paediatricians’ practice.  
  • Three video spots have been aired: Measles and Rubella Elimination conference in Kyiv, and two short video podcasts – interviews by Mr. Robb Butler, Programme Manager of WHO Regional Office for Europe Vaccine Preventable diseases and Immunization Programme and Mr. Timofiy Badikov, Head of the NGO “Parents for vaccination” (published on the FB page). Active social media campaign led to increased number of page like’s (216 new organic likes) and post engagements (1815 post engagements).
  • Press-release and social media kit developed by WHO has been translated and shared with the partners within Immunization Communication task force.
  • Social survey on immunization among parents, flash mob, online promotion (Facebook, vKontant, You Tube), press conference
  • Link to the National Conference (YouTube): https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=xHHdsrG5XiY 

United Kingdom

25-26 April: National Immunisation conference 


  • 4 May:  14th Immunisation Conference
    Key note speech by Dr Frank Atherton, Chief Medical Officer for Wales. The programme includes international and national expert speakers on varicella vaccines, children’s flu, effectiveness of Meningococcal B vaccine, parental attitudes to vaccines, timeliness of pertussis vaccination, as well as a hot topics section showcasing immunisation initiatives in Wales.

European Centre for Disease Prevention and Control (ECDC) 
During EIW ECDC launched new data on measles and rubella in EU/EEA countries and an updated info-graphic on measles. ECDC also published a Survey report on Immunization information Systems in the EU/EEA member states and graphic visualizations of the data. In addition, a catalogue of interventions addressing vaccine hesitancy was launched. It showcases examples of practices that can serve as a bank of ideas and be adapted according to national and local needs and strategies.
All materials are available at: http://bit.ly/ECDC-EIW
Follow @ECDC_VPD on twitter for updates

@VaccinesToday launched a series of animated videos about life-long immunization. The first video introduces the public to a family, which will also feature in individual 'episodes' to explain some of the vaccine-preventable diseases that affect each. 

WHO Regional Office for Europe
During EIW WHO/Europe launched high-level statements of support, a new series of WHO EpiBrief, personal stories related to vaccine-preventable diseases and immunization, and information materials on HPV vaccination. 
All materials are available at www.euro.who.int/eiw2017
Twitter: @WHO_Europe_VPI, @WHO_Europe, @WHO_Europe_Ru
Facebook: @WHOEurope

WHO Office in Pristina, Kosovo (in accordance with United Nations Security Council Resolution 1244 [1999]) 

24 April: press conference and presentation of the Multi-year Immunization plan 2017-2021 and data on vaccination coverage for 2015-2016.


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