Podgorica, 24 November 2016
Can a vaccine cause a particular adverse reaction? Is there a causal relationship between a particular medical occurrence following immunization and the usage of a vaccine? How can we increase public confidence in the vaccine?
These questions are just some of the issues raised at the sub-regional training workshop on surveillance and causality assessment of adverse events following immunization, which is hosted from 21 to 25 November by the World Health Organization Country Office in Montenegro.
The workshop, which is attended by 80 representatives from 15 countries, seeks to strengthen regional and in-country capacity on vaccine safety by sharing best practices and reviewing WHO recommendations, guidance and tools for setting up surveillance systems and causality assessment mechanisms to detect and respond effectively to adverse events following immunization (AEFI).
Opening the workshop, Head of the WHO Country Office in Montenegro Mina Brajović emphasized that immunization is one of the most powerful health interventions, pointing out that a remarkable progress has been made in protecting the individual and the public from vaccine-preventable diseases.