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Prevent. Protect. Immunize.

25 th Apr Prevent. Protect. Immunize.

European Immunization Week (EIW) is a week aimed at raising awareness that the immunization of every child is vital to prevent diseases and protect life. But it’s just as  important to share this message out, all year round.

From parents to policy makers; we all have a role to play when it comes to increasing vaccination coverage by raising awareness of the importance of immunization.

During the last EIW, the EMA’s Executive Director, Guido Rasi released a statement saying: “We need to fight vaccine fears together to win the war against resurging, vaccine-preventable diseases.” Read more from him here.

Did you know that…

Did you know that children below 5 years old are at special risk of developing serious complications or even dying from vaccine-preventable diseases? By blocking the further spread of diseases, vaccinated children help shield those around them from preventable diseases; this includes siblings that are too young to be vaccinated, classmates with special health conditions and elderly grandparents.

Not just for children…

The protection provided by some vaccines fades over time, so boosters such as diphtheria and tetanus are needed in adulthood. Staying up-to-date with vaccinations protects the you, your family, friends and colleagues from serious and potentially fatal diseases.

The World Health Organisation especially encourage health workers, to ensure that they are fully vaccinated and to communicate the benefits of vaccination to parents and caregivers. Health workers are at a special risk of contracting contagious diseases and passing them on to their patients, so WHO advises them to stay up-to-date with their own vaccines. A health provider’s attitude toward vaccination has a strong influence on the decision-making of patients and parents.

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