Prevent, Protect, Immunize

27th April 2018

This week (23 to 29 April) is European Immunization Week – the annual event organised by the World Health Organisation to promote the core message that immunization is vital to prevent diseases and protect life. It uses the slogan Prevent, Protect, Immunize

EIW blog

Vaccines protect people of all ages from potentially serious diseases. Between 23–29 April 2018, European Immunization Week (EIW) is celebrated across the WHO European Region to raise awareness of the critical role vaccines play in protecting public health, and to remind each person to do their part to immunize Europe.

EIW 2018 will focus on immunization as an individual right and shared responsibility to help close immunization gaps and further progress towards global Sustainable Development Goals.

Key messages for the week are:

  • Vaccines work to protect people of all ages from potentially dangerous diseases
  • Every person deserves to be protected from vaccine-preventable diseases and plays a vital role in protecting others by choosing to vaccinate
  • When all eligible individuals are fully vaccinated those who cannot be vaccinated are also protected through herd immunity
  • Consult with your doctor and check your family’s immunization records to make sure that you are all fully protected
  • False information can influence choices and endanger lives. Get the facts and share only evidence-based information about vaccines
  • Health professionals are the most trusted source of information about vaccines for their patients. Raising awareness about vaccines saves lives
  • Equitable access to immunization is the right of every individual and community
  • By protecting health, immunization helps us to achieve the Sustainable Development Goals

The goal of EIW is to increase vaccination coverage by raising awareness of the importance of immunization among parents and caregivers, health care professionals, policy and decision-makers, and the media.

Read more about the European Immunization Week.