European ADULT IMMUNISATION HUB

Category: Immunisation

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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Alongside regular exercise, enjoying a varied diet and avoiding tobacco, immunisation is a tried, tested and effective means of staying healthy throughout the life course and a key component of healthy ageing. However, the uptake of adult immunisation is not consistent across the UK, and adults in at-risk groups may not necessarily know or ask about vaccination.

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Sanofi Pasteur and the International Longevity Centre UK (ILC) have published a new educational leaflet on “Protecting older people against the risks of influenza”, which argues that tackling negative attitudes to immunisation are key in better protecting older adults against the risks of influenza. The leaflet draws on research carried out by ILC last year as part of its Under the skin: Listening to the voices of older people on influenza immunisation report, supported by Sanofi Pasteur.

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The Royal Society of Medicine are hosting a conference entitled “Spotlight on falling vaccination rates” on Thursday, 20 February 2020.

The conference will bring together a range of industry experts to share knowledge and perspectives on the issue of falling vaccination rates and will seek to facilitate better understanding as to why vaccination rates are declining. The conference will also examine the extent to which various factors, such as delivery problems, misinformation and vaccine hesitancy have impacted on falling vaccine rates. The conference will provide practical takeaways on what  can be done to address falling vaccination rates,

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Following on from The International Federation on Ageing (IFA) meeting on “Fighting the flu targeted awareness” in Berlin, IFA have launched a new video produced by eHealth Digital Media and IFPMA. Outlining the importance of influenza vaccination, the video is presented by Dr Bram Palache, who makes the case for influenza vaccination by highlighting the seriousness of influenza and pointing out that there are simple and effective vaccines available.

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OECD’s new report Health at a glance 2019 highlights trends in population health and health system performance of OECD members, candidate and partner countries. The report analyses comparable and differing data between health status and health-seeking behaviour of citizens as well as their access and quality of health care.

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At a launch reception alongside the 72nd World Health Assembly in Geneva last week, the International Longevity Centre UK (ILC-UK) launched an international programme of work, which seeks to reshape the debate around prevention and to promote preventative interventions right across the life course.

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