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As the most important tool of primary prevention, vaccinations target a large number of healthy individuals in each Member State.

National immunization programmes and policies vary among EU/EEA countries; immunisation delivery services, health services infrastructures, systems to monitor vaccination coverage and adverse events are quite different among states, making difficult any comparison of national available data. Meanwhile several new vaccines are available, or in the development pipeline, and their introduction is not homogeneous among the Member States.

On the contrary, the impact of a vaccination programme has an impact beyond political borders of a state, especially in the European context where people migrate and travel freely.

The European Centre for Disease Prevention and Control (ECDC) has decided to establish a network dedicated to Vaccine Preventable Diseases, that could be considered an evolution of the VENICE and VENICE II network, with the objectives of collecting, sharing and disseminating information on national immunization programmes through a network of professionals and providing information useful to build up methodologies and provide guidance for improving the overall performance of the immunisation systems in the EU/EEA Member States.

The sharing of experiences and expertise and the integration of available tools and knowledge on vaccine-related issues among member states represents an important resource to improve the acceptance of national immunization programs and vaccine uptake in Europe. A strong collaboration among states and a detailed knowledge of the current status of each country's immunisation programmes are essential to reduce the heterogeneity among states and create a common model and common tools.

  • The final report on Seasonal Influenza Vaccination and antiviral use survey in EU/EEA countries, Seasons 2013-2014 and 2014-2015, is available on the public area of the VENICE website and on the ECDC site at the following link. (08-09-2015)

  • A provisional report on Seasonal Influenza Vaccination survey in EU/EEA countries, Season 2012-2013, is available on the public area of the VENICE website. (08-09-2015)

  • A new paper on seasonal influenza immunisation in Europe has been published on Eurosurveillance (28-04-2014)

  • The Kick off VENICE III Meeting was held in Warsaw on the 20th-21st February 2014. The objectives of the new VENICE III project were presented, practical issues as the migration to an official ECDC network and the nomination of the operational contact points were discussed, the on-going and future activities were illustrated and extensively discussed among the participants.(03-03-2014)

  • On December 2013 the VENICE III project started. The main change, from the previous VENICE I and II projects, is that the VENICE network is going to move into an official ECDC Vaccine Preventable Diseases network, with experts appointed as competent bodies of each member state. The activities of the first two-year project mainly focus on: seasonal influenza vaccination programmes, quality of vaccine coverage data, countries immunization schedules, plan of priorities for introduction and implementation of new vaccinations, roadmap for sharing and improving data, methodology and resources among the National Immunisation Technical Advisory Groups of EU/EEA countries.(17-02-2014)