85% of EU citizens believe vaccines are an effective way of preventing diseases, but almost half of them think vaccines "can often produce severe side-effects," according to a new Eurobarometer survey.
When it comes to vaccination and immunity, what matters is to ensure high immunity levels and not the way each EU government will decide to follow, EU Health Commissioner Vytenis Andriukaitis told EURACTIV.com following a heated debate on the issue in Italy.
Measles cases continue to increase in a number of EU/EEA countries according to the most recent measles data collected by the European Centre for Disease Prevention and Control (ECDC) through epidemic intelligence and published in the Communicable Diseases Threats Report (CDTR) today (22 May).
The European Parliament’s Environment Committee called on member states to tighten their law against anti-vaccination movements and better inform their citizens about its myths and benefits. EURACTIV’s partner Euroefe reports.
The European Commission has endorsed Romania’s decision to temporarily suspend exports of measles, mumps and rubella (MMR) vaccine to the rest of the EU, following a serious measles outbreak and dwindling medical stocks. EURACTIV Romania reports.
This week is the World Health Organisation's 10th annual European Immunisation Week. Running from 20-25 April, the annual event aims to raise awareness of the importance of vaccination in the EU. EURACTIV France reports.
Europeans are turning away from vaccines, amid rising distrust of immunisation for infectious diseases. France's Constitutional Council has upheld legislation obliging parents to have their children innoculated. EURACTIV France reports.
SPECIAL REPORT / Measles and rubella are “raging” throughout Europe and public fears fuelled by internet-driven campaigns and lack of funding are worsening the situation, delegates at the Gastein Health Forum were told.
A spike in measles cases across Europe led by France – caused by the difficulty of innoculating migrant, religious and complacent communities – has triggered moves to co-ordinate vaccination across the continent.