Rotavirus causes about 25% of all diarrhoeal illnesses in children under 5, and is a major cause of morbidity and mortality globally. By age 5 years, almost all children have been exposed to the virus, with more than a quarter experiencing a symptomatic infection.

Rotavirus in the WHO European Region

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Vaccination must be maintained during COVID-19 pandemic to be effective

I want to take the opportunity of European Immunization Week to reiterate that we must not, especially now, let down our guard on immunizations. Access to vaccines for all has transformed our societies, but it is a public good that must be maintained to be effective, even in difficult times.

European Immunization Week

Each year in April, EIW promotes the core message that the immunization of every child is vital to prevent diseases and protect life. The goal of the region-wide campaign is to increase vaccination coverage by raising awareness of the importance of immunization.

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Introduction of rotavirus vaccine is strongly recommended in countries where diarrhoeal deaths account for ≥ 10% of mortality among children under 5 years of age.

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Vaccine safety communication library

Guidance on how to communicate about safety


European Vaccine Action Plan 2015–2020

Roadmap towards a regional vision and goals for immunization and control of vaccine-preventable diseases

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