European Immunization Week 2024: Prevent. Protect. Immunise

The WHO European Region celebrates European Immunization Week (EIW) to promote awareness of the importance of immunisation in preventing diseases and protecting life. This year's campaign aims to improve equitable vaccine uptake in the context of the European Immunization Agenda 2030 and address the repercussions of the decrease in vaccination rates due to the COVID-19 pandemic.

EIW will underscore the critical role of immunisation in preventing outbreaks of vaccine-preventable diseases arising from missed vaccinations. This year's EIW holds special significance as it coincides with the 50th anniversary of the Expanded Programme on Immunization (EPI). Commemorating this milestone, the campaign will not only emphasise the urgent need to address vaccination coverage gaps but also serve as a platform to celebrate the remarkable achievements of the EPI over the past 5 decades.

Building upon recent and established partnerships, this year's activities will further leverage collaborative initiatives with young professionals and youth organisations dedicated to promoting immunizations.