Vaccine-preventable diseases in Europe: where do we stand?

Expert Rev Vaccines. 2014 Aug;13(8):979-87. doi: 10.1586/14760584.2014.933077. Epub 2014 Jun 24.


During the second half of the 20th century, vaccinations led to the control or even eradication of several vaccine-preventable diseases (VPDs) in Europe. However, outbreaks of VPDs continue to occur even in countries with well-established vaccination programs. Reasons include the existence of under-vaccinated populations, the increasing anti-vaccination movement and the increasing movement of populations across borders. Ensuring adequate levels of herd immunity is the only reliable method for preventing epidemics and a re-emergence of VPDs. In order to achieve this, more flexible vaccine delivery platforms are needed targeting the less-privileged people, especially in the context of the current economic crisis. Healthcare personnel and healthcare systems should be prepared to address these challenges in the following years.

Keywords: Europe; control; eradication; immunization; outbreaks; re-emergence; vaccination; vaccine-preventable diseases.

Publication types

  • Review

MeSH terms

  • Communicable Diseases / epidemiology*
  • Europe / epidemiology
  • Humans
  • Vaccination / statistics & numerical data*
  • Vaccines / administration & dosage
  • Vaccines / immunology*


  • Vaccines