Analysis of the long term efficiency of vaccinations against infectious diseases in the border regions of Croatia and Hungary
Our major aim in this joint project between the University of Pécs, Department of Immunology and Biotechnology, and the Department of Public Health Service Baranja County, Osijek – is to earn a clear and evidence based status report of immunity protection of cross-border populations in both countries against vaccine prevented communicable diseases (vpcds). A simple, fast, high throughput and cost effective laboratory method for analysing the individual immunity status against measles, mumps and rubella (MMR) has been developed and published by the Hungarian partner. The classical vpcds have been eradicated in both countries according to the well-organized public health, but unfortunately, once eradicated highly infectious diseases, including measles have re-appeared worldwide including Europe recently.
The challenge is most stressful in the common border region of Croatia and Hungary because of the intensified traffic through the border. To prevent residents, it is of principal importance in both border regions to identify groups-at-risk and to define the protocol for re-vaccination. To implement this task our laboratory method for assessing the protection status against MMR– after standardization and ISO accreditation – is applicable. This project is ideal to expand the geographic coverage of survey over the borders and to develop a statistical algorithm to gain accurate knowledge of the immunologically protected status of population groups of different ages in the border region (and beyond, if possible).
This project has been implemented with the financial assistance of the European Union within the Hungary-Croatia Interreg V-A Co-operation Programme.