As part of World Immunisation Week, organisations including the EMA and IPHA have made announcements on the importance of vaccination, including a social media campaign #VaccinesWork.
Oliver O’Connor, Chief Executive of the Irish Pharmaceutical Healthcare Association (IPHA) said:
“Vaccines work. They save lives and protect the wider community. We welcome the announcement by Minister Harris that he intends to establish an alliance of likeminded stakeholders to tackle misinformation and lay out the facts about the benefits of vaccination. Our industry, which develops vaccines, are strongly placed to support that initiative. We look forward to being part of it.”
The Executive Director of the European Medicines Agency (EMA), professor Guido Rasi, highlighted the importance of vaccination, noting the World Health Organisation (WHO)’s identification of reluctance or refusal to vaccinate as one of the top ten global health threats.
Prof. Rasi also highlighted that:
- “thanks to vaccination, smallpox has been wiped out and polio has been reduced by 99% since 1988
- between 2000 and 2017, measles vaccination prevented an estimated 21.1 million deaths
- human papillomavirus (HPV) vaccination can prevent up to 90% of cervical cancer cases. A recent study in almost 140,000 women in Scotland who received the HPV vaccine as young teenagers showed a dramatic reduction in pre-invasive cervical disease, a precursor to cervical cancer.”