European Immunization Week from April 24 to April 30, 2019 2

European Immunization Week from April 24 to April 30, 2019

Agnes Buzin, Minister of Solidarity and Health, today opened the European Vaccination Week (SEV), which will be held from April 24 to 30. It is a privileged moment to remind France all over the world that vaccination is a serious public health problem. “From many serious diseases: the best defense is vaccination,” this simple and factual statement underlies the campaign organized by the French Ministry of Solidarity and Health and Public Health. This will be seen on television, on the Internet and on social networks, in the press and in medical centers. European Immunization Week also provides an opportunity to publish the first encouraging results of the introduction of 11 mandatory vaccinations for young children. Immunization coverage of newborns is increasing, as well as their parents' positive perception of vaccination.

First in France: government vaccination campaign

Continuing to take action in favor of vaccination, the French Ministry of Solidarity for Health and Public Health launched a major vaccination campaign in France for the first time in France. In a positive and mobilizing tone, The topic “The best protection – vaccination” reminds that this is the most effective and safest way to prevent many potentially serious infectious diseases. such as meningitis, measles, whooping cough or tetanus. The campaign aims to confirm the benefits of immunization for confidence building. It targets the entire population, especially the parents of young children. It will be broadcast on television from April 21 to May 11 and will be visible on the Internet, social networks and in the press.

Regional health agencies (ARS) and their partners are also actively involved in this week's vaccination. In all regions of the city, in Guadeloupe and Guyana, “Village Information Vaccination” will be animated to answer questions and inform about vaccination.

The first positive impact of vaccination requirements on public protection

Public health in France compared vaccination coverage for children from 7 months old born between January and May 2018 and children born between January and May 2017 for whooping cough vaccination.hemophilic infection type b, hepatitis B, pneumococcus, and meningococcus C. Immunization coverage against these infectious diseases has improved significantly due to:

  • +36.4 vaccination coverage points for the first dose of meningococcal C vaccineIt increased from 39.3% in 2017 to 75.7% in 2018. This improvement has reduced the number of invasive infections caused by this microorganism in children under the age of one year.
  • +5.5 points for using hexavalent vaccine (diphtheria, tetanus, poliomyelitis, whooping cough, hepatitis B and hemophilic infections type b). Immunization coverage increased from 93.1% in 2017 to 98.6% in 2018.
  • +1.4 vaccination coverage for the first dose of pneumococcal vaccineIt grew from 98.0% in 2017 to 99.4% in 2018.

Vaccine coverage also improves in children who are not affected

The first dose of measles, mumps and rubella vaccine (MMR) in children aged 12 months in 2018 was 87.2% compared to 85.0% for children aged 12 months. months in 2017 (+2.2 points). The first dose of HPV vaccine (recommended) for 15-year-old girls born in 2003 is 29.1% compared with 26.2% for girls born in the previous year (+2 9 points).

Parents recognize the importance of vaccinations.

A little more than a year after the fulfillment of the vaccination obligation, according to a survey conducted by the French Public Health, the views and opinions of young parents about vaccination and its benefits are progressing positively. The importance of vaccination for the health of children (91%) and the protection of the community (87%) increases, according to parents (+5 points compared with June 2018),

In the context of vaccination commitments, three-quarters of parents agree that they will help reduce the epidemic (77%). The vaccination obligation is generally well received by parents of children born in 2017 and 2018, as two thirds of them (67%) say they are for.

The government authorities and partners of the SEV are still mobilized together and in the long term will restore French confidence in vaccination. This campaign should help support the work of medical professionals in relation to their patients and strengthen protection against infectious diseases.