Childhood immunisation

Immunisation is a safe and cost-effective way to protect people – especially infants and young children – from certain infectious diseases.
All EU countries have a 'vaccination schedule', recommending the vaccines to be given at various ages during childhood. However, too many children in Europe go unvaccinated and remain vulnerable to potentially life-threatening diseases.

Improving rates of childhood immunisation at EU level

Following agreement on the need to strengthen childhood immunisation at EU level in the 2011 Council Conclusions on childhood immunisationpdf, the Commission (together with the European Centre for Disease Prevention and Control (ECDC) and the European Medicines Agency (EMA)) is supporting EU countries by: