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  1. Applications are being accepted for internships at the WHO Regional Office for Europe with the Vaccine-preventable Diseases and Immunization programme https://tl-int.vcdp.who.int/careersection/ex/jobdetail.ftl?job=1800022&tz=GMT%2B01%3A00 and the Web Communication team https://tl-int.vcdp.who.int/careersection/ex/jobdetail.ftl?job=1800020&tz=GMT%2B01%3A00 Deadline for submissions is 26 January 2018.
  2. National surveys on seasonal influenza vaccination programmes, 2008/2009 to 2014/2015 revealed among other findings that most countries recommended vaccination for older persons, individuals with chronic disease, healthcare workers, and pregnant women. Children were included in < 50% of national policies and only one country of 49 in the WHO Europpean Region reached 75% coverage in older persons (2014/2015). A number of countries reported declining vaccination uptake. For more results see the full article in Vaccine: http://www.sciencedirect.com/science/article/pii/S0264410X17317620
  3. Flu campaign in Kyrgyzstan underway

    Kyrgyzstan is gearing up for the flu season. Over the past few weeks 100+ healthcare workers across Kyrgyzstan have been trained to store and administer multidose vials of flu vaccine. WHO also facilitated donation of 105,000 doses of the vaccine. For more on the campaign see: http://www.euro.who.int/en/countries/kyrgyzstan/news/news/2017/11/105-000-doses-of-vaccine-flown-into-kyrgyzstan-to-kick-start-influenza-immunization-campaign) Did you know that you can follow the flu season week by week through the joint WHO/ECDC Flu News Europe bulletin? The site gives weekly and seasonal updates, virus characteristics and country data in tables and maps and you can sign up for email alerts: https://flunewseurope.org/
  4. GACVS held its 36th meeting in Geneva, Switzerland, on 7–8 June 2017. The Committee reviewed updates on the safety profiles of Bacillus Calmette-Guérin (BCG) vaccine and human papilloma virus (HPV) vaccine and pharmacovigilance planning for the pilot implementation programme for the antimalaria vaccine. Among other findings, the Committee concluded that "Ten years after introduction, global HPV vaccine uptake remains slow, and the countries that are most at risk for cervical cancer are those least likely to have introduced the vaccine. Since licensure of HPV vaccines, GACVS has found no new adverse events of concern based on many very large, high quality studies. The new data presented at this meeting have strengthened this position." Regarding BCG: "The vaccine has been shown to be consistently protective against infant tuberculous meningitis and miliary tuberculosis, and remains an important tool for the prevention of tuberculosis" See the full GACVS meeting report: http://apps.who.int/iris/bitstream/10665/255870/1/WER9228.pdf
  5. WHO/Europe is looking for qualified experts interested in playing a key role in measles and rubella elimination as (volunteer) members of the RVC. The application deadline is 30 September 2017. http://www.euro.who.int/en/about-us/jobs-and-internships/short-term-opportunities/call-for-expressions-of-interest-in-serving-as-member-of-the-european-regional-verification-commission-for-measles-and-rubella-elimination-rvc
  6. EIW 2017 in Poland

    Presentation of Dr Mark Muscat at national conference on immunization in Poland, 25 April 2017. Copyright: NIZP-PZH
  7. The European Centre for Disease Prevention and Control is looking to hire an expert in public Health training and capacity building. Deadline: 10 April 2017 See: http://ecdc.europa.eu/en/aboutus/jobs/Job Vacancies/vacancy-expert-public-health-training-and-capacity-building-2017.pdf
  8. Courses on immunization

    The next run of the Institute Pasteur MOOC starts today (5 Dec. 2016) but registration is open until 21 January 2017: https://www.fun-mooc.fr/courses/pasteur/96002S02/session02/about
  9. The European Regional Verification Commission for Measles and Rubella Elimination (RVC) concluded last month that 37 countries out of 53 in the European Region have demonstrated interruption of endemic transmission of measles. 35 of these countries have also demonstrated interruption of rubella. http://www.euro.who.int/en/health-topics/disease-prevention/vaccines-and-immunization/news/news/2016/11/europe-making-steady-progress-toward-measles-and-rubella-elimination More good news is the lower total numbers of cases so far in 2016 compared to previous years. Jan-Sept 2016: http://www.euro.who.int/__data/assets/pdf_file/0017/324206/EpiData-No03-2016.pdf?ua=1 Jan-Dec 2015: http://www.euro.who.int/en/health-topics/disease-prevention/vaccines-and-immunization/publications/who-epibrief-and-who-epidata/who-epidata/who-epidata,-jan.dec.-2015 Unfortunately, these tables also demonstrate that endemic circulation, or transmission after importation, will continue to be a threat wherever there are pockets of under-immunization.
  10. The 11 November 2016 issue of the WHO Weekly epidemiological record describes progress towards measles elimination in all regions of the word during 2000–2015. Annual reported measles incidence has declined by 75%, and annual estimated measles deaths by 79%, but more is needed to reach regional elimination in all but the Americas region. WER: http://apps.who.int/iris/bitstream/10665/251002/1/WER9145.pdf?ua=1 WHO news release: http://who.int/mediacentre/news/releases/2016/measles-children-death/en/ CDC: http://www.cdc.gov/mmwr/volumes/65/wr/mm6544a6.htm
  11. The vaccine-preventable diseases & Iimmunization (VPI) programme of the Division of Health Emergencies and Communicable Diseases (DEC) is accepting expressions of interest from individuals interested in working on health data management and analysis. The programme works with epidemiological, laboratory, demographic and programmatic data related to vaccine-preventable disease surveillance, management and elimination, and promotion of immunization activities in the Member States of the WHO European Region. Deadline for submissions is 25 November 2016. http://www.euro.who.int/en/about-us/jobs-and-internships/short-term-opportunities/call-for-expressions-of-interest-in-consultancy-focused-on-data-management-and-analysis
  12. WHO headquarters is accepting applications for the position of Executive Officer for the Global Poliomyelitis Eradication Initiative (GPEI) Strategy Committee Secretariat and the Polio Department (POL), both in relation to the Department's role as one of the partners of the GPEI.The deadline for applications is 22 November 2016. For more information: https://erecruit.who.int/public/hrd-cl-vac-view.asp?o_c=1000&jobinfo_uid_c=34608&vaclng=en
  13. WHO is accepting applications from experts interested in joining the poliovirus containment working group This new working group of the Global Commission for the Certification of Poliomyelitis Eradication (GCC) will review national containment certification activities and make recommendations to the GCC. The aim is to provide the required level of assurance that the controls established in the Global Action Plan III for poliovirus containment (GAPIII) are appropriately identified, implemented and monitored. The call for applications for membership to the GCC-CWG will close on Friday 28 October 2016. For m ore information see: http://polioeradication.org/polio-today/preparing-for-a-polio-free-world/containment/containment-supporting-groups/