2014 WHO European Regional Meeting of National Immunization Programme Managers

Hosted by WHO - Regional Office for EUROPE

From the WHO - EUROPE website:

The objectives of this meeting for managers of national immunization programmes from 53 Member States in the WHO European Region are:


MMR vaccine linked to fall in respiratory-related hospitalizations Read more: MMR vaccine linked to fall in respiratory-related hospitalizations

Investigations into the unintended effects of vaccines tend to focus on potential adverse events, but some studies in low-income countries have shown that widespread immunization can cause unexpected positive consequences. A Danish team has now generated evidence that some of these unintended benefits are seen in wealthy countries, too.


This year, the doctors are going to provide coverage of at least 97% of a contingent with preventive vaccinations, according to the national immunization schedule. This will ensure the country's epidemiological wellbeing on infections, the spread of which can be successfully controlled through vaccination.

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TFAH says adult immunization rates are “abysmal”

Trust for America’s Health, a non-profit organization focused on disease prevention, said on Thursday that the recently released adult immunization rates for 2012 are abysmal and a new strategy is needed to increase rates.

Africa: Croatian Vaccine Manufacturer Faces Uncertain Future

The future of Croatia's Institute of Immunology, which made and exported various vaccines to the developing world, has been questioned by a series of recent events.


Production snag forces worldwide hold on GSK chickenpox vaccines

GlaxoSmithKline has stopped worldwide deliveries of two chickenpox vaccines for children after discovering that some batches produced at its factory in Wavre, Belgium, were not up to standard.
Britain's biggest drugmaker, which is also one of the world's leading vaccine manufacturers, said on Tuesday it expected shipments to begin again at the end of the first quarter.

Survey: Anti-vaccine views have little correlation with politics

Blogs and social media chatter often paint liberals, particularly Whole Foods-shopping, "earth mother" types, as the lead proponents of the


Map of vaccine-preventable outbreaks

This interactive map from the Council on Foreign Relations charts global outbreaks of vaccine preventable diseases since 2008. Whilst some of the data may not be all that surprising, the prevalence of whooping cough in the US, and mumps and measles in Europe is cause for concern.


Sudan: Vaccines Destroyed By Fire in West Darfur Capital

Substantial stocks of vaccines were destroyed in a fire that broke out in the early hours of Tuesday morning at the immunisation office in El Geneina, capital of West Darfur.

Mubarak Adam Abakar, director of immunisation in West Darfur told Radio Dabanga that the fire destroyed the entire stock kept in cold storage, including routine vaccinations.

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Australian Vaccination Network ordered to change name

A decision has been upheld that the Australian Vaccination Network (AVN) must change its name because it is misleading.

AVN, a group which has campaigned against vaccinations, was first ordered to change its name in December last year by the NSW fair trading minister, Anthony Roberts, after NSW Fair Trading received complaints about AVN and ruled its name was unacceptable.