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Luxembourg, April 30th, 2015 – Vaccines Europe launches a call on the European Commission and Member States to align and streamline communications activities around the seasonal influenza vaccination campaigns by setting a European Influenza Day to launch seasonal vaccination every year.
Vaccines Europe President Andrea Rappagliosi prompts the establishment of a common EU-wide day to launch the seasonal influenza vaccination campaigns across all Member States in occasion of the DG SANTÉ High- Level Hearing on Seasonal Influenza Vaccination.
The meeting, organised by the European Commission back-to-back to the Workshop on joint procurement being held in Luxembourg on 29-30 April 2015, is bringing together key stakeholders across public health, regulatory, industry and civil society to discuss concrete measures that can increase flu vaccination rates in the EU. Read more…
Today is World Meningitis Day. It is estimated that every year more than 1.2 million people are affected by meningitis all around the world. Meningitis is inflammation of the meninges, the covering of the brain and spinal cord. It is most often caused by infection (bacterial, viral, or fungal), but can also be produced by chemical irritation, subarachnoid haemorrhage, cancer and other conditions. Meningitis is a serious disease that can affect anyone across all ages. According to the World Health Organisation (WHO) it is fatal in 50% of cases if untreated, and may result in brain damage, hearing loss or learning disability for survivors. Read more…
This week is European Immunisation Week. Immunisation is indeed considered one of the most cost-effective public health interventions available and the WHO estimates that it saves between 2 to 3 million lives every year. Vaccines has however become victims of their own success, and with the drop-down and disappearance of several diseases thanks to vaccination programmes many people who no longer see public health risks decide not to vaccinate. Over the past years, this has resulted in several severe outbreaks in European countries of vaccine preventable diseases putting avertable strains on health and healthcare systems. According to the WHO, “2013 saw 31865 measles cases alone in Europe, an increase of 348% compared to 2007. The cost of these outbreaks in both human and monetary terms is extremely high”. Read more…