European Immunization Week 2010

n75European Immunization Week is a regional initiative, led and coordinated by WHO/Europe and implemented by Member States to address their particular issues. Partner organizations, including the United Nations Children’s Fund (UNICEF) and the European Centre for Disease Prevention and Control (ECDC), contribute at the regional and national levels.

This initiative aims to help countries advance plans and action to ensure universal immunization. By using advocacy tools and targeted communication, the Week is designed to boost awareness and increase the success of immunization programmes in reaching people who have not been immunized or who did not receive all needed vaccinations.

The fifth European Immunization Week will take place on 24 April – 1 May 2010, emphasizing national immunization efforts to meet the goal of eliminating measles and rubella from the European Region by the end

of 2010. Further, WHO/Europe has scheduled the Week to take place at the same time as the Pan American Health Organization’s Vaccine Week in the Americas and the WHO Regional Office for the Eastern Mediterranean’s Vaccine Week in the Eastern Mediterranean

Turkmenistan is among 46 countries participating in the 5th European Immunisation Week, from April 26 till May 2.

The World Health Organization organizes the annual event, which this year will focus on the elimination of measles and rubella.

In Turkmenistan, UNICEF, the Health Ministry and the healthcare industry will collaborate to raise public awareness of the importance of immunizations. Information materials will be distributed and meetings held for healthcare workers and medical students.

During the week, healthcare officials will monitor the immunization of children up to age 14.