The European Immunization Awareness week slogan ‘Protect Promote Immunize’ needs to be seen across the life course. Vaccination programmes focus in the main on children with the aim of vaccinating individuals as early as possible to prevent vaccine preventable disease but also to minimise the spread of infection and stop disease. Many vaccines however, are recommended across the life course and immunisation should be part of health care at all stages of life and in all settings.
Gary Finnegan, Editor of Vaccines Today speaks to the European Adult Immunisation Hub about life-course approaches to immunisation
David Sinclair, Director of the International Longevity Centre -UK writes for The Guardian on how vaccination ‘isn’t just for kids’
Only 44% believe certain forms of pneumonia may be contagious, and 1 in 5 do not know it is a lung condition
In the first special guest blog to mark WHO World Immunisation Week, Michael Boivin, President of CommPharm Consulting provides a North American perspective of the challenges of adult immunisation
Could dedicated, 24 hour walk-in clinics and declination boost immunisation rates?
Immunisation isn’t just about protecting yourself. It’s about protecting those around you. Use these infographics to demonstrate the effects of herd immunisation.
Despite tangible benefits, the SAATI Report indicated that there is reluctance to take firmer action to improve standards of adult immunisation in Europe. Vaccination policy in EU Member States mainly focuses on the young (aged below 18), to some extent the old (aged above 65), especially for seasonal influenza and pneumococcal diseases, and those in at-risk groups.
Every €1 invested in adult vaccination commencing at the age of 50 years would yield €4.02 of future economic revenue for government.