Recommendations to Improve Tick-Borne Encephalitis Surveillance and Vaccine Uptake in Europe

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Kunze, M.; Banović, P.; Bogovič, P.; Briciu, V.; Čivljak, R.; Dobler, G.; Hristea, A.; Kerlik, J.; Kuivanen, S.; Kynčl, J.; Lebech, A.-M.; Lindquist, L.; Paradowska-Stankiewicz, I.; Roglić, S.; Smíšková, D.; Strle, F.; Vapalahti, O.; Vranješ, N.; Vynograd, N.; Zajkowska, J.M.; Pilz, A.; Palmborg, A.; Erber, W. Recommendations to Improve Tick-Borne Encephalitis Surveillance and Vaccine Uptake in Europe. Microorganisms 2022, 10, 1283.

Title: Recommendations to Improve Tick-Borne Encephalitis Surveillance and Vaccine Uptake in Europe
Author: Kunze, Michael; Banović, Pavle; Bogovič, Petra; Briciu, Violeta; Čivljak, Rok; Dobler, Gerhard; Hristea, Adriana; Kerlik, Jana; Kuivanen, Suvi; Kynčl, Jan; Lebech, Anne-Mette; Lindquist, Lars; Paradowska-Stankiewicz, Iwona; Roglić, Srđan; Smíšková, Dita; Strle, Franc; Vapalahti, Olli; Vranješ, Nenad; Vynograd, Nataliya; Zajkowska, Joanna Maria; Pilz, Andreas; Palmborg, Andreas; Erber, Wilhelm
Publisher: Multidisciplinary Digital Publishing Institute
Date: 2022-06-24
URI: http://hdl.handle.net/10138/346010
Abstract: There has been an increase in reported TBE cases in Europe since 2015, reaching a peak in some countries in 2020, highlighting the need for better management of TBE risk in Europe. TBE surveillance is currently limited, in part, due to varying diagnostic guidelines, access to testing, and awareness of TBE. Consequently, TBE prevalence is underestimated and vaccination recommendations inadequate. TBE vaccine uptake is unsatisfactory in many TBE-endemic European countries. This review summarizes the findings of a scientific workshop of experts to improve TBE surveillance and vaccine uptake in Europe. Strategies to improve TBE surveillance and vaccine uptake should focus on: aligning diagnostic criteria and testing across Europe; expanding current vaccine recommendations and reducing their complexity; and increasing public education of the potential risks posed by TBEV infection.


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