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  1. EIW is off to a sunny start in Ukraine!
  2. European Immunization Week (EIW) will take place this year 24-30 April 2017. The WHO Regional Office for Europe is proud to kick off preparations for the week with the following information and resources. The theme for both European Immunization Week and World Immunization Week will be: “Vaccines work”. With immunization coverage rates stalled or falling in some countries and vaccine-preventable diseases continuing to impact the lives of young and old, there is no better time to focus on the importance of immunization to protect health at every stage in life. The following products focused on this theme are under development and will be available on the Forum and the WHO/Europe website (www.euro.who.int/eiw2017) in the coming weeks: • communication toolkit with key messages • posters and other graphics • set of brochures on vaccination in each stage of life • social media package - suggested posts and graphics based on the key messages. During EIW, the Regional Office will launch: • personal stories that underline the importance of immunization at all stages of life; • the first issue of a new Epi-brief series; • the first in a series of podcasts: “the story of measles and rubella elimination in Europe”, as told by leading scientists and public health experts. WHO encourages active participation in the campaign. Please post your ideas and plans on this Forum and/or contact the EIW team (eueiw@who.int) for more information. For information on World Immunization Week, see: http://www.who.int/campaigns/immunization-week/2017/event/en/ We look forward to working with you to make EIW 2017 a great success!
  3. In the vaccination section of Our World in Data, Max Roser illustrates how vaccines continue to improve the health of millions around the world. https://ourworldindata.org/vaccination/
  4. Accessed from: http://www.motherjones.com/environment/2014/04/how-many-kids-die-vaccine-preventable-diseases
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    The RCC is an independent panel of international public health experts that reviews annual reports from all 53 Member States on the status of immunization against polio and disease surveillance. The RCC's 30th meeting will take place in Copenhagen, Denmark.
  6. NHS infographic on vaccine-preventable disease cases before and after immunization
  7. Azerbaijan is among the 21 Member States of the WHO European Region that eliminated endemic transmission of measles, and one of the 20 that eliminated endemic transmission of rubella as of 2014. Azerbaijan utilized European Immunization Week not only to highlight its measles and rubella elimination status, but also to proactively address the Regional Verification Commission’s recommendations for the country to maintain elimination. Read more: http://www.euro.who.int/en/health-topics/disease-prevention/vaccines-and-immunization/news/news/2016/04/european-immunization-week-in-azerbaijan-dedicated-to-maintaining-progress-in-disease-prevention
  8. Every country or territory in the world that was using trivalent oral polio vaccine (OPV) (containing all three serotypes of poliovirus) was scheduled to withdraw this vaccine from their immunization programmes and activities on one appointed day in the 2-week period 17 April –1 May 2016. They were to replace the vaccine with bivalent OPV – containing only types 1 and 3 – or move to an immunization schedule with only the inactivated form of polio vaccine (IPV). 19 of these countries are located in the WHO European Region. As of 2 May 2016, 150 of the 155 countries and territories have confirmed that they are no longer using tOPV. See live tracking of switch across the world: http://maps.who.int/OPV_switch/ More information on the switch in the European Region will be posted on this Forum in the coming days.
  9. Produced by the Split county institute of public health and distributed during EIW 2016.
  10. Produced by the Split county institute of public health and distributed during EIW 2016.
  11. In their joint statement on the occasion of European Immunization Week, the WHO Regional Director and HRH Princess Crown Princess of Denmark, Patron of the Regional Office for Europe, together called on Member States to identify new ways to measure and communicate the full impact and value of vaccination.
  12. Many activities were organized in Austria, including an awareness raising campaign about measles using a classic car.
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