European Immunization Week 2023

24 Apr 2023

European Immunization Week (EIW) is marked across Europe every year in the final week of April. It aims to raise awareness of the importance of immunisation for the general health and well-being of the European and wider population.

Despite the uncontested successes, immunisation is facing a decline in acceptance across many EU/EEA countries, as well as in other parts of the world. Alongside different other factors e.g. vaccine access or fatigue, misinformation, and disinformation are playing a key role in increased vaccine hesitancy among different groups.

ECDC is marking this year’s EIW under the theme a lifelong approach to vaccination, emphasising the crucial importance of vaccines for young children but further stressing that vaccines are strongly recommended also for adolescents, adults, and the elderly.

Together with promoting the benefits of vaccination at different stages of life, this year EIW will also highlight the importance of improving routine immunisation rates, closing immunity gaps, reaching those that missed vaccination, and leaving no one behind.

Press release

Read the press release for European Immunization Week including the ECDC report “Poliomyelitis situation update” and the ECDC “Measles Annual Epidemiological Report 2022”.

Press conference

Watch the press conference for European Immunization Week on Monday, 24 April at 11.00 CEST.

Online event

Register for this year's online event taking place on 24 April 2023 CEST, 13-15.00 for European Immunization Week, with speakers from ECDC, the EU institutions, the World Health Organization, academia, and European associations.

Get involved!

Join the conversation on social media by sharing the cards below and using the hashtags: #VaccinesWork and #UnitedInProtection #EIW2023

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