WORKING GROUP ON ROTAVIRUS VACCINATIONS


MEMBERS OF THE WORKING GROUP

 
       
➡️   Timo Vesikari, Professor Emeritus of Virology and Paediatrics, Director of Vaccine Research Center, Finland
➡️   Vytautas Usonis, Professor of Paediatrics at Clinic of Paediatrics, Institute of Clinical Medicine, Faculty of Medicine, Vilnius University, Lithuania
➡️   Roman Prymula Professor of Preventive Medicine at School of Medicine, Charles University, Prague, Czech Republic
➡️   Irena Bralic, Associate Professor of Pediatrics, University of Split, School of Medicine, Croatia
➡️   Francisco Gimenez-Sanchez, Hispalense Institute of Pediatrics. Balmis Institute of Vaccines, Spain
➡️   Zsofia Meszner,  Director of Methodology, Paediatrician and Specialist in Infectious Diseases, National Institute of Paediatrics Heim Pal, Hungary
➡️   Marc van RanstProfessor, Department chair of the Department of Microbiology, Immunology and Transplantation, Head of the Laboratory of Clinical and Epidemiological Virology, Rega Institute for Medical Research, Belgium
➡️   Malcolm Taylor,  General Secretary Coalition for Life-Course Immunisation (CLCI), United Kingdom
➡️   Mihai CraiuProfessor of Pediatrics, Carol Davila University of Medicine Bucharest, Romania
➡️   Valtyr ThorsLead for paediatric infectious diseases at the Children’s Hospital Reykjavik, and adjunct lecturer at the University of Iceland, Iceland
➡️   Simon KrollProfessor of Paediatrics and Molecular Infectious Diseases, Imperial College and St Mary’s Hospital, Member of the UK Health Protection Agency Meningococcus Forum, United Kingdom
➡️   Anna OdoneAssociate Professor of Public Health - Director of the School of Public Health, Vita-Salute San Raffaele University Milan, Italy
➡️   Irene Rivero-Calle,  Consultant in Pediatrics and Pediatric Infectious Diseases, University Clinical Hospital of Santiago de Compostela, Spain

 


THE 2019 MEETING REPORT

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SUGGESTED ACTION PLAN FOR 2020/2021

The action plan is a work in progress. We are currently collecting ideas and suggestions from all stakeholders and members on specifics campaigns that will be implemented in collaboration with the participating organisations and any other who wishes to contribute. 

Target 1:  Improving Public Awareness of the Burden of the Disease and the Need for Universal Rotavirus Vaccinations that are State Funded.

Need: There is a need to make the public aware that rotavirus vaccines can protect children,  the immunocompromised and wider society from the most common cause of severe acute gastroenteritis. Despite the fact that Rotavirus-associated medical and emergency room visits and hospitalisations are significant across Europe, there is a significant lack of public awareness while the health authorities frequently fail to recognise the need for rotavirus vaccination. 

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Proposed Actions - An HCP led campaign to the general public. An awareness campaign highlighting the expanded spectrum of rotavirus disease in Europe and the effective role universal vaccinations can play aiming to change public perception.

Target 2:  Developing Improved Surveillance and Reporting Tools for Incidents of Rotavirus, Along with a More Harmonised Evaluation Methodology across Europe 

Need: Improved surveillance and reporting tools are needed to collect evidence on the true disease burden, circulation of rotavirus genotypes and the cost-effectiveness. Also, there’s a  need to adopt a harmonised economic evaluation methodology to make the process more comparable and transparent across European countries.

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Proposed Actions - A dedicated Expert-led European Working Group convened for countries who want to join together and implement the next wave of rotavirus vaccination programmes.



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