The measles continue to spread in Europe, because in many countries vaccination coverage is too low. The European Commission has now decided to strengthen its efforts to support the Member States.
The European Commission wants to increase the coverage of measles vaccine in the Member States to 95%. The Commission published a communication on intensifying vaccine cooperation and a proposal for a Council Recommendation of 26 April 2018.
The Commission considers it important to continue to work more closely with healthcare professionals and the NGO sector in order to maintain and strengthen the confidence of the population in vaccination.
In addition, the Commission proposes, inter alia, a regular review of the vaccine protection and a continuous opportunity to supplement vaccinations after childhood at different stages of life, for example in schools and workplaces.
The Commission also stresses the importance of providing more objective, transparent and up-to-date information on the benefits and safety of vaccines. To this end, it is proposed to open the European vaccination information portal.