I came away from this week's launch of European Immunization Week in sombre mood. To be honest, I'd expected some fairly perfunctory speeches about the importance of vaccination, the usual niceties about improving communication, followed by coffee and a chat.I was looking forward to it.
But the real sense of unease among top public health officials from the WHO, UN and European Commission - as well as political and royal representatives of Belgium - was palpable.
They painted a…Continue
Added by Gary Finnegan on April 29, 2011 at 15:26 — No Comments
At this morning's EIW launch several speakers mentioned the problems that parents face when they move their families from one country to another while their children are in the middle of the national immunisation programme.
All EU nations have very good immunisation systems but they differ from country to country - and sometimes even from one region to the next.
My own daughter is nine months old and has had several shots thanks to the excellent public health system in Belgium.…Continue
Added by Gary Finnegan on April 26, 2011 at 11:30 — No Comments
Just back from the EIW launch in Brussels. There were some big-hitters from all sides of the public health and policymaking hierarchy but all were agreed that Europe has some serious work to do on re-building public trust in immunisation.
This has been clear for some time but the outbreaks of polio in Central Asia and of measles in several western European nations have focused minds like never before.
(We've covered this a few times on Vaccines Today recently - see…Continue
Added by Gary Finnegan on April 26, 2011 at 11:25 — No Comments
Bill Gates' has turned out to be a very effective immunisation advocate, as evidenced by his whirlwind trip through Europe. He has managed to get 'face time' with MEPs, the European Commission as well as movers and shakers in Berlin and Paris. Check out European Commission President Barroso's comments after their…Continue
Added by Gary Finnegan on April 6, 2011 at 12:20 — No Comments