Vaccines — everything you need to know!

Vaccines have saved millions of lives. But recently there has been an increase in the number of cases of vaccine-preventable diseases. The EU and the WHO have been working together to promote one message: Vaccines work!

Let’s make a wish for a healthier world: Vaccines work and help us lead healthier lives. ©European Union, 2014

1. Vaccines save lives

Vaccines prevent an estimated 2–3 million deaths each year globally. Vaccination is one of the most successful public health measures the world has ever seen.

2. Vaccines are rigorously tested

In the European Union, we have very strict rules for approving vaccines. Both the European Medicines Agency and European Commission evaluate all vaccines before and after they appear on the shelves in your pharmacy.

3. We are all in this together!

Overall confidence in vaccines is high among GPs around the EU. It’s important to listen to your doctor’s advice, for your own safety and the safety of those around you.

4. We all have a part to play against vaccine disinformation

A recent EU survey shows about 85% of EU citizens believe vaccination is an effective way to prevent infectious diseases, to protect themselves and others.

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