Electronic immunisation record

A recent measles outbreak has caused 42 deaths in EU countries in 2016 and 2017. [The Maternal and Child Survival Program (MCSP)/Flickr]

An increase in vaccine hesitancy, combined with the insufficient preparedness of EU member state healthcare systems against infectious diseases, has raised eyebrows in Brussels and the EU capitals, which now seek ways to minimise outbreak risks.

A recent example was the measles outbreak, which has so far caused 42 deaths in EU countries in 2016 and 2017.

An immunisation record system provides a history of all the vaccines adults or children have received. Through this data gathering, EU countries will be able to properly monitor the vaccination of the population and upgrade cross-border cooperation in the event of diseases’ outbreaks.