Conference on childhood immunisation: progress, challenges and priorities for further action

Luxembourg, 16-17 October 2012

This conference, organised by the European Commission's Directorate-General for Health and Consumers, was an opportunity to take stock of the recent initiatives on childhood immunisation taken by the EU  – including the follow-up to the Council conclusions on childhood immunisationpdf adopted in June 2011. In addition, the conference provided a platform to discuss priority areas for future EU-level action on childhood immunisation with a wide range of stakeholders.

Programmepdf(192 KB)

Summary reportpdf(197 KB)

Video recording of the conference

Video recording of the conference avalaible at:


A parent’s testimony about the consequences of measles infection and the responsibility of parents towards other childrenpdf(5 MB)
Parents Max Schönbohm

The Commission’s follow-up to the Council Conclusions on childhood immunisationpdf(396 KB)
John-F Ryan, acting Director Public Health, DG SANCO

The economic case for strengthening immunisation programmespdf(339 KB)
Mark Jit – Health Protection Agency, UK

Examples of good practice on strengthening immunisation programmes
Denmarkpdf(2 MB) (Kåre Mølbak – Statens Serum Institute)
Cypruspdf(3 MB) (Elena Papamichael, Paediatrician – Neonatalogist 1st Medical Officer)

How to improve vaccination programme monitoringpdf(2 MB)
Pier-Luigi Lopalco – ECDC

The importance of EU collaboration on monitoring immunisation programmespdf(212 KB)
Fortunato Paolo D’Ancona – VENICE

The 2015 measles and rubella elimination target for the WHO European Region: indicators and verification processpdf(951 KB)
Dina Pfeifer - WHO Euro

The 3 C’s of vaccination: complacency, confidence, and conveniencepdf(875 KB)
Robb Butler – WHO Euro

ECDC resources to support effective communication on vaccinationpdf(961 KB)
Ulla-Karin Nurm - ECDC

A paediatrician’s experience in responding to parent’s concerns about vaccinespdf(2 MB)
Alberto Tozzi - Paediatrician Paediatric Hospital Bambino Gesù, Rome, Italy

PROMOVAX – promoting vaccination among migrant populations in Europepdf(2 MB)
Pania Karnaki - Prolepsis, Greece

Building effective partnerships between Roma communities and local authorities to improve access to childhood immunizationpdf(634 KB)
Zoran Bikovski - NGO ‘Kham’, Macedonia

Recommended elements for inclusion in immunisation cards or health bookletspdf(2 MB)
Niklas Danielsson - ECDC

Information resources for healthcare professionals on immunisation schedules and vaccines in EU countries and ways to address language barriers (
Tarik Derrough - ECDCpdf(842 KB) / Agnès Saint-Raymond - EMApdf(154 KB)

Rapporteur’s report on the panel discussion ‘How to improve the vaccination offer?’pdf(170 KB)
Antoon Gijsens, DG SANCO

Rapporteur’s report on the panel discussion ‘Strategies for improving awareness and trust in public’pdf(196 KB)
Germain Thinus, DG SANCO

Rapporteur’s report on the panel discussion ‘How to strengthen the role of healthcare professionals on advocating vaccination?’pdf(159 KB)
Daniel Brasseur, Chair EMA Paediatric Committee, Federal Agency for Medicines and Health Products, Belgium

Other interesting links

EAHC press conference: Why is it important to be vaccinated? Lessons learned from outbreaks of vaccine-preventable diseases, 15-16 October 2012

ECDC videos on vaccination


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