The International Federation on Ageing (IFA), and the Meningitis Research Foundation (MRF) along with various leading UK patient and health advocacy organisations have recently published a consensus statement and report produced from findings from an expert meeting: “Forum to Explore the Role of Patient Organisations in Vaccination”. The materials produced from the meeting place focus on the important role UK advocacy organisations play in promoting health through vaccination, and what barriers exist that must be addressed.
As well as being a trusted source of information, patient and health advocacy organisations play a significant role in representing people in the UK, most vulnerable to the impacts of vaccine–preventable conditions.
Within the expert meetings, delegates agreed on six priorities including: continuing the momentum; acknowledging and addressing barriers organisations may face in promoting vaccination; ensuring a life course approach to vaccination; assuming responsibility; enabling cross-sectoral collaboration; and forming effective messaging.
These considerations can be used to inspire improved policy and interventions by advocacy organisations to increase vaccination coverage in the UK.
Read the consensus statement and expert meeting report here.