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  2. Vaccines Today has created a series of animated videos. The were originally in English but are also available in several European languages on our YouTube channel. If you'd like to add subtitles in other languages, don't hesitate to get in touch and I'll send you the original MP4 video file. iframe width="560" height="315" src="https://www.youtube.com/embed/F44G2rEYCG4" frameborder="0" allow="accelerometer; autoplay; encrypted-media; gyroscope; picture-in-picture" allowfullscreen></iframe This one is on vaccination and older people: <iframe width="560" height="315" src="https://www.youtube.com/embed/QvPxxCMTF60" frameborder="0" allow="accelerometer; autoplay; encrypted-media; gyroscope; picture-in-picture" allowfullscreen></iframe> And the final video is aimed at pregnant women: <iframe width="560" height="315" src="https://www.youtube.com/embed/GUNzEsHEMv8" frameborder="0" allow="accelerometer; autoplay; encrypted-media; gyroscope; picture-in-picture" allowfullscreen></iframe>
  3. Vaccine has published a supplement on rotavrus: “Rotavirus Surveillance, Safety, and Economic Data before Vaccine Introduction: a Global Perspective from the World Health Organization Global Rotavirus Surveillance Network” (https://www.sciencedirect.com/journal/vaccine/vol/36/issue/51 ) There are 3 manuscripts from the WHO European Region in the supplement. • Rotavirus gastroenteritis surveillance in Azerbaijan, 2011–2016 (https://www.sciencedirect.com/science/article/pii/S0264410X18302329 ) • Rotavirus hospitalizations among children <5 years of age—Tajikistan, 2013–2014 (https://www.sciencedirect.com/science/article/pii/S0264410X17311155 ) • Observations on the epidemiology of rotavirus infection among hospitalized children younger than 5 years in 2 Ukrainian hospitals, 2007–2015 (https://www.sciencedirect.com/science/article/pii/S0264410X17316080 )
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  5. WHO story on World Polio Day 24 Oct: Thanks to the widespread use of safe and effective vaccines, poliomyelitis (polio) is expected to become the second human disease ever to be eradicated (after smallpox). Only 20 cases of wild poliovirus have been detected so far this year in the 3 remaining endemic countries (Afghanistan, Nigeria and Pakistan). World Polio Day, on 24 October, celebrates this progress and the people who make it possible by getting their own children vaccinated and those working to reach every last child until no child’s future is threatened by the crippling impact of this disease. Read more
  6. A recent study conducted by CDC and others provides yet more evidence to support vaccination of pregnant women against flu. A review of data of over 2 million women in Australia, Canada, Israel and the United States showed that vaccination reduced a pregnant woman’s risk of being hospitalized from flu by an average of 40 percent. https://www.cdc.gov/media/releases/2018/p1011-flu-vaccine-reduces-risk-pregnant-women.html
  7. http://www.euro.who.int/en/health-topics/communicable-diseases/influenza/flu-awareness-campaign/infographic-check-your-facts-about-influenza-and-what-who-says-2018
  8. Helping girls reach their full potential includes making sure they are protected from cervical cancer with the HPV vaccine. Thanks to Laura, Louise and many others for speaking out to raise awareness on International Day of the Girl!
  9. The WHO Immunization Monitoring Academy is a learning and capacity-building initiative. The Academy is open to all immunization professionals with an interest in the use, collection, and improvement of immunization data. Starting in Fall 2018, the Academy will offer a WHO Scholar certificate programme to support competency development in national and sub-national staff. The Academy will offer: Level 1 certificate course in developing a Data Improvement Plan (DIP) in both English and French. A series of workshops on key topics for immunization monitoring. WHO Survey Scholar modules in French. In 2019, the Academy will offer Level 2 certification, focusing on implementation of a Data Improvement Plan. To learn more see the Academy's information page: http://learning.foundation/ima-level1-en/?utm_source=WHO+Scholar+network+(English)&amp;utm_campaign=e9e7e0da24-EMAIL_CAMPAIGN_2018_05_28_05_22_COPY_01&amp;utm_medium=email&amp;utm_term=0_55bba48b4a-e9e7e0da24-260659585
  10. A new report highlighting some of the countless activities that took place this year during EIW is available on the WHO/Europe website: http://www.euro.who.int/en/health-topics/communicable-diseases/hepatitis/publications/2018/highlights-of-european-immunization-week-2018
  11. WHO/Europe is currently accepting applications for the position of Programme Manager, Vaccine-preventable Diseases and Immunization. https://careers.who.int/careersection/ex/jobdetail.ftl?job=1802749&lang=en The closing date for applications is 30 June 2018. Please pass this information on to your colleagues and networks.
  12. I would like to interview an expert from Bulgaria for Vaccines Today. We have published interviews this year on Greece, Romania and Italy but have not done much about Bulgaria - despite getting a lot of traffic on our website and Facebook page from Bulgaria. (We had a couple of pieces about Roma communities in Bulgaria (see here and here) a while ago but nothing recently.) Looking at the latest ECDC data, it is clear that Bulgaria has been dealing with measles outbreaks. However, it's not at all as bad as Romania. Perhaps they are doing something right? Or is MMR uptake low and an outbreak is anticipated? Either way, it is a potentially interesting story. If you are an expert in Bulgaria - or you can put me in touch with one - please don't hesitate.
  13. Kyrgyzstan EIW 2018 - Policy dialogue roundtable

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    In preparation for EIW, NCDC translated into Georgian and adapted several WHO/EURO materials including posters, infographics, background information and key messages.
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    In preparation for EIW, NCDC translated into Georgian and adapted several WHO/EURO materials including posters, infographics, background information and key messages.
  16. NCDC produced 60 second video clip on immunization and Measles and presented during the press-conference. Clip was also uploaded on NCDC communication channels including official website (ncdc.ge and healthpromotion.ge), Facebook pages (NCDC and immunization) and NCDC YouTube.
  17. Campaign in Zoo took place at the end of immunization week on 28th of April at Tbilisi Zoo. Animators were invited for organizing entertainment activities for children such as games, competitions in dancing and painting. NCDC with volunteers from Tbilisi State Medical University will distribute all leaflets, balloons with campaign logo and chalks.
  18. On 27th of April working meeting on Measles was conducted with participation of over 50 staff of NCDC, WHO, UNICEF, CDC, regional public health specials and pediatricians to discuss issues on the below mentioned topics: - Measles and Rubella Global and Regional Epidemiological Overview - Analysis of Measles outbreak in Georgia - Immunization Coverage Survey results and recommendations - Results and recommendations of two KAP surveys on immunization conducted among parents (UNICEF funded) and Adults (CDC/WHO funded) - Immunization Management Module challenges and achievements - Responses to current measles outbreak - Measles and Rubella Elimination Plan
  19. Campaign in Policlinic. On 25th of April one of the big primary health care facility (policlinic) “Janmrtelobis Sakhli” involved in immunization program in Tbilisi hosted the campaign. During the campaign information leaflets and gifts such as balloons, mugs, paper notebooks, bags and pen with campaign logo was distributed among parents, their children and HCWs by NCDC and Medical University volunteers.
  20. Press Conference at new office building of NCDC was conducted to kick off the EIW on 23 April. Chaired by NCDC, press conference brought together national TV broadcasters, which have extensively covered the event in their news programs. High-level representatives of the Parliament of Georgia, Tbilisi City Hall and Assembly, MoLHSA, WHO, UNICEF and CDC addressed the media and event participants, highlighting key achievements of the Georgian NIP. They reminded population of the benefits of vaccination, discussed the hazards of dropping vaccination coverage, and urged everyone to be timely and fully vaccinated. The event was also attended by national technical council of immunization experts, public healthcare facilities, media, national celebrities (actors from famous Georgian soap operas) and Georgian Rugby team representatives.
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