Europeans’ attitudes towards vaccination

While vaccination policy is a competence of national authorities, the EU plays a role in coordinating policies and programmes in this area. In response to the threat to public health posed by outbreaks of vaccine-preventable diseases, the EU is taking action to strengthen cooperation. The survey asks questions about:

  • Europeans’ perceptions of vaccine-preventable diseases and of the perceived effectiveness of vaccines,
  • Europeans’ experiences with vaccination,
  • levels of Europeans’ knowledge about the effects of vaccines,
  • attitudes regarding the importance of vaccinations,
  • Europeans’ sources of information about vaccines and the extent to which they trust them.

This survey was carried out by the Kantar network in the 28 EU Member States between the 15th and 29th of March 2019. Some 27,524 respondents from different social and demographic groups were interviewed face-to-face at home in their mother tongue.

In 17 of the 28 Member States the disease most frequently thought to be still causing deaths is the flu. In Cyprus (84%), France (85%) and Greece (87%), over eight in ten respondents mention this, around double the proportion of those who mention it in Poland (44%), where it is nevertheless still the most common response. In seven countries less than half of the respondents mention the flu, but this ranges from nearly half (49%) of the respondents in Austria to less than a fifth (15%) of the respondents in Italy. Only in Italy the flu is not among the top three responses.

To read more about this and the report in full, go to:

The EU calls for stronger cooperation against preventable diseases

Vaccination saves between 1 and 3 million lives worldwide every year. According to the World Health Organisation, vaccines will save 25 million more lives in the coming decade. And yet several EU countries are facing unprecedented outbreaks of measles and a resurgence of other vaccine-preventable diseases due to insufficient vaccination coverage, and children and adults in the EU are still dying from these diseases.

The Commission’s proposal focuses on 3 main pillars for action: tackling vaccine hesitancy and improving vaccination coverage; sustainable vaccination policies in the EU; and EU coordination and contribution to global health.

To read more about this on the European Commission website go to: European Commission – PRESS RELEASES – Press release – Vaccination: Commission calls for stronger EU cooperation against preventable diseases