Vaccination has done more to save lives and improve quality of life that any other medical intervention. According to WHO, immunisation saves between 2 and 3 million lives each year. Through effective vaccine use smallpox was eradicated in the late 1970s and WHO declared Europe polio free in 2002. In addition, vaccine innovations developed over recent years offer individuals and communities the possibility of protection against an increasing number of diseases. For instance, new vaccines against human papillomavirus, rotavirus and pneumococcal infection can not only save additional lives every year but also improve welfare and quality of life, by reducing hospitalisations and the disabilities caused by infection.
Immunisation represents one of the most cost-effective health interventions available. While immunisation programmes require support and adequate funding, the associated prevention of mortality, morbidity and avoidance of indirect economic and societal costs provides long-term savings. Moreover, WHO recognises a number of broader advantages that accrue from immunisation, including economic growth.
At a time of reduced healthcare budgets, comprehensive vaccination programmes and supportive policies are crucial to fully realise this potential, and substantially improve the health and welfare of entire populations. Health systems around the world must continue to drive vaccination forward. As part of this drive, Vaccines Europe members aim to increase the awareness on the benefits of vaccination while understanding the current concerns in relation to attitudes towards vaccination.
Vaccines Today is an online platform sponsored by Vaccines Europe that provides an interactive forum for debate and a reliable source of information on vaccines and vaccination; produces the Vaccination Café video series and organises the Communication Challenge for various audience each year. Read more…
Literature review on attitudes towards vaccines and vaccination
In recent years debates on attitude towards, and perception of vaccination have spread. Vaccines Europe is therefore conducting a literature review that aims to understand the general public and Health Professionals’ attitudes towards vaccines and vaccination. Read more…