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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 factual in 50% of cases if untreated, and may result in brain damage, hearing loss or learning disability for survivors. Read more…
Vaccines Europe (VE), The European Vaccine Initiative (EVI), The Sclavo Vaccines Association (SVA) and EATRIS due to meet in Brussels for penultimate workshop ahead of the final project summit with top stakeholders in the vaccine field.
Key opinion leaders in the field of vaccine research and development are meeting in the upcoming IPROVE consultation workshop in Brussels on 12 and 13 March 2015. The objective of the workshop is to formulate a consensus on future vaccine R&I activities and identify key gaps and needs to be addressed over the coming years to bolster vaccine innovation and connect across Europe the appropriate expertise needed to meet the challenge of current medical needs. Read more…
The European Centre for Disease Prevention and Control (ECDC) has just published a new Technical Report assessing vaccination coverage rates for the influenza season 2012-13 compared against the previous season 2011-2012.
The report shows that although it is common for EU Member States to have recommendations in place for targeted or at-risk groups, such as older people, pregnant women, those suffering from chronic conditions and healthcare workers, vaccination coverage rates remain stagnant or in some cases show to be declining compared to previous seasons. Read more…