Every dose counts – European Immunisation Week 2023

  • Ensuring children are up to date with their vaccines will protect them from vaccine-preventable diseases
  • Information on vaccines recommended for you and your family is available here

Today (Monday 24th April), the HSE is marking the World Health Organization’s (WHO) European Immunisation Week 2023, which takes place each year during the last week of April. The theme for this year is “the big catch-up” and aims to improve vaccination uptake worldwide, especially in younger children who may have missed out on their routine vaccines since the COVID-19 pandemic.

Unvaccinated children and young people are most at risk of disease

Many children worldwide are not up to date with their recommended vaccines, making them vulnerable to disease. In the WHO European Region alone, over 1.2 million children have missed out on an MMR vaccine.

The sooner you are vaccinated, the sooner you are protected

This European Immunisation Week, we are encouraging parents and guardians to ensure their children are up to date with their vaccines, including baby and school vaccines. The sooner they catch up and get vaccinated, the sooner they are protected.

For information about the vaccines recommended for you and your family, talk to your local healthcare provider or visit www.immunisation.ie