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European Immunization Week kicks off in Georgia

TBILISI, Georgia, 24 April 2012 - The seventh European Immunization Week (EIW) was kicked-off in Georgia today at a press-conference organized by the First Lady of Georgia, Ms Sandra Elisabeth Roelofs and the Deputy Minister of Labour, Health and Social Affairs, Mr Irakli Giorgobiani.

The European Immunization Week is organized by the WHO Regional office for Europe on 21 - 27 April. The Week is an annual event to remind public and health professionals that immunization ofThe European Immunization Week kicks off in Georgia every child is vital to prevent diseases and protect life. The goal of European Immunization Week is to increase vaccination coverage by raising awareness of the importance of immunization.

The key messages of this year European Immunization Week are that: Front-line health workers are vital to national immunization programmes and have a tremendous impact on the success of these programmes; Controlling ongoing measles outbreaks and preventing further measles cases in the European Region must be a top priority; 2012 marks the 10 year anniversary of the European Region receiving certification of polio-free status.

Georgia marks the European Immunization Week by introduction of the vaccination against Rotavirus infection into the National Immunization Calendar starting from 2012 as per the decision of the Ministry of Labour, Health and Social Affairs.

WHO supported research proof that diarrheal diseases account for the hospitalization of 0-5 aged children. 35 per cent of diarrheal cases are caused by Rota virus infections. The vaccination against Rota Virus infection starts from the second month and should be conducted twice. Timely immunization is crucial for the vaccine efficiency.

In accordance with the National Immunization Calendar, the Government provides for free vaccination against 10 diseases: TB, diphtheria, whooping cough, tetanus, poliomyelitis, measles, rubella, mumps, B-hepatitis, and B-type homophiles influenza.

Immunization is one of the greatest public health innovations of mankind that every year protects millions of children from various health disorders.  

For more information, please contact:

Ekaterina Jojua
Ministry of Labour, Health and Social Affairs

Lika Jabidze
National Centre for Disease Control
Tel: 995 32 39 31 70 (155)





Twitter chat

Ask the experts: live Twitter chat for European Immunization Week

Experts from WHO/Europe will answer your questions about immunization during a live Twitter chat on Thursday 26 April 2012, from 14:00 to 15:00 UTC/GMT (16:00-17:00 CEST/Paris time).

As part of the activities during European Immunization Week 2012, topics under discussion include:

- the vital role of frontline health workers
- measles eradication in Europe
- maintaining the polio-free status of the WHO European Region.

How to send questions?

Send your questions in the form of tweets to @WHO_Europe, using the hashtag #immunizeEurope. If you are unable to join the live chat, you may leave questions for the experts on our Facebook page. After the live chat, a summary of the discussions will be available on Storify.


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