WHO & Regional Offices [to 24 February 2018]
Europe observes a 4-fold increase in measles cases in 2017 compared to previous year
Copenhagen, 19 February 2018
Measles has rebounded in the WHO European Region. The disease affected 21 315 people and caused 35 deaths in 2017, following a record low of 5273 cases in 2016. The WHO Regional Office for Europe has released new data for 2017 one day ahead of a health ministerial meeting on immunization in Montenegro on 20 February 2018.
“Every new person affected by measles in Europe reminds us that unvaccinated children and adults, regardless of where they live, remain at risk of catching the disease and spreading it to others who may not be able to get vaccinated. Over 20 000 cases of measles, and 35 lives lost in 2017 alone, are a tragedy we simply cannot accept,” says Dr Zsuzsanna Jakab, WHO Regional Director for Europe.
“Elimination of both measles and rubella is a priority goal that all European countries have firmly committed to, and a cornerstone for achieving the health-related Sustainable Development Goals,” Dr Jakab continues. “This short-term setback cannot deter us from our commitment to be the generation that frees our children from these diseases once and for all.”..
Recommended composition of influenza virus vaccines for use in the 2018-2019
February 2018- A periodic replacement of viruses contained in influenza vaccines is necessary in order for the vaccines to be effective due to the constant evolving nature of influenza viruses. Twice a year, WHO organizes consultations, and issues recommendations on the composition of the influenza vaccines for the following influenza season.
Weekly Epidemiological Record, 23 February 2018, vol. 93, 08 (pp. 73–96)
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WHO Regional Offices
Selected Press Releases, Announcements
WHO African Region AFRO
Selected Featured News
:: WHO strategizes to address the worsening challenge of the malaria burden in South Sudan
24 February 2018
:: Sierra Leone maximizes protection against polio with Inactivated Polio Vaccine launch
23 February 2018
Today Sierra Leone officially introduced injectable polio vaccine (or…
:: WHO and GAVI Alliance Partners along with the Ministry of Health strategizes to vaccinate over 485 000 children under one year of age in 2018 22 February 2018
Despite widespread conflict and insecurity, South Sudan has witnessed…
:: Experts agree on guidelines to boost vaccine uptake through improved communication
20 February 2018 Health experts from over 15 countries have begun a two-day meeting in…
WHO Region of the Americas PAHO
:: PAHO reminds international travelers to get vaccinated before traveling to areas with yellow fever (02/23/2018)
WHO European Region EURO
:: 12 European countries commit to greater efforts to protect people from vaccine-preventable diseases 23-02-2018
:: European Region countries convene to boost emergency preparedness and response 20-02-2018
:: Portraits from Ukraine’s conflict line, where humanitarian assistance is most needed 20-02-2018
:: South-eastern European countries meet to develop regional action plan 19-02-2018
WHO Western Pacific Region
:: Questions and answers on avian influenza
21 February 2018 — Avian influenza viruses normally spread between birds. However, some viruses have been found to infect humans. The primary risk factor for humans is exposure to infected live or dead poultry or contaminated environments, such as live bird markets. Read our Q&A to learn more.