European ADULT IMMUNISATION HUB

Category: Immunisation

The Immunisation for All Ages (IFAA) are hosting part two of their three-part webinar series on the Global Immunisation Agenda: Advocating for Life Course Immunisation on 12 November 2020 to discuss the urgency, relevance and need for collective advocacy toward public health action, particularly to support vulnerable and at-risk populations given the backdrop of the current pandemic.

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The International Federation on Ageing (IFA) have released a new report “Changing the Conversation on Adult Influenza Vaccination” on the status of influenza campaigns focused on the most vulnerable members of our population – older adults and those with underlying chronic conditions.

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“Governments and other stakeholders must take urgent action to ensure equity in access to disease prevention measures, which includes greater investment in vaccines and vaccination services by community pharmacists.” So said the International Pharmaceutical Federation (FIP) in a call to action made today at the start of a new FIP Digital Programme to transform vaccination globally and regionally.

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Immunisation For All Ages argues that preventative interventions, such as existing vaccines need to be at the forefront of public health initiatives to support health systems form COVID-19 pressures.

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When flu season comes, there is a possibility that the world will be dealing with two respiratory viruses at the same time – flu and COVID-19. This could be a double challenge for health care systems worldwide. On 2 July ESWI will be hosting its fourth webinar in a series: Cornerstones of pandemic preparedness and urgent actions.

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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. 

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In light of World immunisation Week, Immunisation For All Ages (IFAA) are calling on national and international health and advocacy organisations and governments to:

  • Prioritise prevention
  • Ensure access for all
  • Reduce inequity

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This World Immunisation Week, Immunisation for All Ages (IFAA) supports the World Health Organization’s (WHO) statement that, “at all ages, vaccines save lives and keep us safe”[I] and calls upon professional, patient and advocacy organisations, together with all levels of government to increase their investment in prevention policy that supports immunisation at all stages of life.

 

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Throughout World Immunisation Week from the 24 April to 1 May the London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine (LSTHM) will be hosting a series of webinars on vaccines throughout the life-course. As part of this series they will be holding a webinar onPrevention and vaccines in the elderlyat on 30 April, 1.45pm BST. 

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It’s World Immunisation Week from 24 to 30 April. This year’s WIW is focussed around #VaccinesWork for all, with a key message of the campaign that “at all ages, vaccines save lives and keep us safe”. 

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