In his 2017 State of the Union speech, European Commission President Jean-Claude Juncker said it was “unacceptable” that children are still dying from diseases that can easily be prevented with vaccines, like measles.
In April 2018, the European Commission proposed a Council Recommendation on “Strengthened Cooperation against Vaccine-Preventable Diseases”. The EU executive notes that vaccination programmes need to adopt a life-course approach beyond childhood years.
“This approach aims to ensure a lifelong adequate protection and contributes to healthy living and healthy ageing as well as the sustainability of healthcare systems,” the Commission has emphasised.
In this Special Report, EURACTIV.com will examine the benefits of life-course immunisation, the roles of different stakeholders and possible ways to tackle rising anti-vaccines fake news.