The annual awareness event starts on 23rd April 2018
Immunization is arguably the most important factor when it comes to staying healthy abroad. In fact, immunization currently prevents between 2 and 3 million deaths a year.
This makes initiatives like European Immunization Week vital to travel health. European Immunization Week is a campaign used to promote the key message that immunization is a necessary precaution in preventing diseases and protecting lives.
The slogan of this year’s European Immunization Week is Prevent. Protect. Immunize — a perfect summary of what effective immunization can do. The campaign will be celebrated from 23rd to 29th April 2018, and aims to spread the importance of immunization across the region.
Prevent. Protect. Immunize: a region-wide initiative
European Immunization Week aims to raise awareness of immunization’s importance, with the ultimate goal of increasing vaccination coverage across Europe. Even though more children are being immunized than ever before (86% of children under the age of one), there are still numerous fatalities globally which could be easily prevented by immunization.
By promoting information on immunization among parents, caregivers, healthcare professionals, policy and decision-makers and the media, European Immunization Week hopes to increase the number of immunizations taking place and therefore save lives in the process.
The campaign is led and coordinated by the World Health Organisation as well as its European Region division, and all Member States in the WHO European Region are invited to take part. It is also supported by several major regional and national partners, including the United Nations Children’s Fund (UNICEF) and the European Centre for Disease Prevention and Control (ECDC).
Many national ministers and ambassadors have offered high-level support for the campaign, while on the regional level the initiative has been supported by WHO/Europe’s Patron, Her Royal Highness Crown Princess Mary of Denmark.
European Immunization Week has been organised in conjunction with several other important WHO regional activities, and World Immunization Week.
Immunization is one of the most important factors to overall travel health
Travelling to other countries can leave you vulnerable to an array of health concerns which you wouldn’t normally experience at home, and this is what immunization helps to protect travellers from. Travel vaccinations help to protect individuals from numerous conditions that can be dangerous or even fatal, such as yellow fever, meningitis, cholera and hepatitis A and B.
Travel vaccinations are there to minimise your chances of becoming seriously ill when abroad. The need for vaccinations is largely dependent on where in the world you plan to travel. Whilst areas like North America, Australia and Northern and Central Europe are unlikely to require vaccinations before travel, other areas like South and South East Asia and South America require vaccinations in order to ensure your health and safety abroad. Some countries, like Saudi Arabia, even refuse entry without proof of vaccination.
Vaccination should be a staple part of your travel preparations, so be sure to research your intended destination thoroughly to see which immunizations you’ll need to receive. The NHS recommends that you receive advice about the necessary vaccinations at least eight weeks in advance of your travels, as many vaccinations should be given well in advance. So make sure you don’t leave your vaccinations too late.
Express Travel Clinic have four walk-in travel clinics located throughout the capital, conveniently situated to administer vital vaccinations without appointment.