European Immunization Week 2011
“Shared solutions to common threats”: Theme for European Immunization Week 2011
On 23-30 April 2011, countries of the European Region will join together to participate in the sixth European Immunization Week (EIW). All 21 countries in CEE/CIS are taking part in this initiative.
Recent outbreaks of both wild poliovirus and measles in the region have clearly demonstrated that failing to reach every child with routine immunization has drastic consequences, and in this age of global migration and moblity vaccine-preventable diseases can easily spread across borders.
Concerted effort on a sub-regional level can lead to positive outcomes, even in outbreak situations. An example of this would be how Central Asian Republics and the Russian Federation shared information on cases and worked to synchronize supplementary immunization activities to respond to the recent polio outbreak.
The influenza pandemic of 2009-2010 provides another example of sub-regional cooperation, as Member States assisted neighbouring countries in securing pandemic vaccine.
EIW 2011 will provide countries with the opportunity to raise awareness on immunization and to discuss what needs to be done in order to eliminate measles. UNICEF fully supports the EIW as a key partner on immunization, and UNICEF Country Offices will be supporting governments to conduct a range of activities and to spread the word to Prevent, Protect, Immunize.
More information is available on WHO’s EIW campaign site at http://eiw.euro.who.int/