Measles & rubella in Europe: LSHTM and WHO EURO event: Sept 20

Measles and rubella in Europe: A process of elimination

Member States of the WHO European Region have a long-standing commitment to eliminate measles and rubella from this Region. Progress is clear, with 34 of 53 countries having interrupted transmission of either or both diseases by 2014. However, immunization coverage has stagnated, or even declined in some areas, and outbreaks continue to occur. The Region is at a critical junction: while working hard to maintain this status where it has been achieved, more must be done to identify and remove barriers to full vaccination coverage in areas and communities still threatened by these diseases. What are the next steps in the fight against measles and rubella in Europe?

The London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine (LSHTM) in collaboration with the WHO Regional Office for Europe will host a 1-day public event to:

  • make key audiences aware of how far we have come and what remains to be done
  • examine how some countries have overcome barriers to elimination so that others may learn from these strategies
  • review recent advances in our understanding of measles elimination, attitudes towards vaccination and accurate measurement of vaccine safety.

WHEN: Tuesday, September 20 at 10:45–18.30 Free admission – online registration required:

WHERE: John Snow Lecture Theatre London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine Keppel Street London, United Kingdom

Live streaming:

  • 13:30-15:00 Recent Advances in Controlling Measles and Rubella

  • 15:30-17:00 Panel discussion: Challenges with Elimination and How They Can Be Overcome

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