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European Immunization Week (EIW)

Inspired by the success of Vaccination Week in the Americas, in 2005 the WHO Regional Committee for Europe adopted resolution EUR/RC55/R7 which urged countries "to support where appropriate, the implementation of an immunization week within the Region for advocacy to promote immunization." The first European Immunization Week (EIW) took place in October 2005, and the second from 16-22 April 2007. EIW focuses its efforts primarily on social communication activities to raise vaccination awareness, especially among marginalized or vulnerable population groups. In 2007:

  • 850,000 printed vaccine information products were distributed.
  • More than 700,000 SMS, radio or TV messages were sent out.
  • More than 200 workshops or conferences and 550 training sessions were held.
  • Close to 1.5 million children were vaccinated. (WHO, 2007)

In 2008, EIW will take place 21-27 April and will coincide with VWA. A bi-Regional videoconference is currently being planned to unite the two initiatives. For more information about EIW, please view the following links:

WHO-EURO European Immunization Week
WHO-EURO Vaccine-preventable Diseases and Immunization


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