In keeping with World Immunisation Week, the European Commission has today published a series of recommendations for how the EU should strengthen cooperation in the fight against vaccine-preventable diseases.
Immunisation is one of the most cost-effective public health interventions and saves an estimated 1 - 3 million lives per year. In the UK, cases of diseases such as polio and measles, which were once common and severely debilitating childhood diseases, have significantly decreased since the introduction of vaccines. Despite their proven success, several EU countries are facing unprecedented outbreaks due to insufficient vaccine coverage as the result of vaccine hesitancy and other factors.
The Commission’s recommendations focus on 3 main streams: tackling vaccine hesitancy; sustainable vaccination policies; and EU coordination and contribution to global health. To see the full list of recommendations, please see the original article.
The BSI fully welcomes and supports the report proposals and the continued uptake of vaccines in Europe and worldwide.