Vaccines Europe - 19 Oct 2020
On 14 October 2020, the first annual EU Flu Day was launched. The campaign seeks to highlight the importance of seasonal flu vaccination, particularly during the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic, and to address challenges for sustainable increase of flu vaccine coverage rates in Europe as a critical public health measure for healthcare systems sustainability.
It is a call to action for European citizens – particularly healthcare workers and at-risk groups – to make them aware of the need to be vaccinated against flu, in order to protect themselves, those around them as well as alleviating the stress on national health care systems.
The campaign is being spearheaded by Dolors Montserrat, a leading Member of the European Parliament (EPP, Spain) and Co-Chair of the Health Working Group. Montserrat is also a former Minister of Health in Spain. The campaign is being organised with the support of Vaccines Europe.