The Steering Group on Influenza Vaccination also moves ‘Towards the Coalition for Vaccination’.

Our participation to the European Commission’s meeting.

4 March 2019

The Steering Group on Influenza Vaccination is pleased to announce its participation to the meeting ‘Towards the Coalition for Vaccination’organised by the European Commission on the 4thMarch 2019. 

In the light of failing vaccine confidence and a drop in vaccine coverage rates in Europe, the 2018 Council Recommendation on strengthened cooperation against vaccine-preventable diseasescalled upon the European Commission to convene a Coalition for Vaccination. The Coalition will bring together associations of healthcare professionals and students in the field with a goal to work together towards increasing vaccination coverage in Europe by delivering accurate information to the public and exchanging best practice. 

On the 4 March 2019, the European Commission has convened stakeholders and Member States’ representatives to discuss the objectives, aims and deliverables for the Coalition for Vaccination. The Steering Group on Influenza Vaccination is delighted to be part of this forward-thinking and high-level discussion, contributing to the future of vaccination in Europe.The Steering Group on Influenza Vaccination believes that the objectives and aims of the Coalition for Vaccination align with the policy asks of the European Manifesto on Influenza Vaccination, and especially its part on the Influenza Awareness and Public Trust. Therefore, we would welcome the opportunity to work together with the Coalition for Vaccination towards an increased vaccination confidence across Europe.  

This is because these drugs are prescribed to patients who are at high risk of developing the disease. Those patients, in turn, are at higher risk for cardiovascular events and a range of other cancers, so more patients take these drugs.