In light of the WHO Influenza strategy, the ILC-UK (International Longevity Centre – UK), the specialist think tank on the impact of longevity on society, will be holding a lunch event at the World Health Assembly to launch new research findings on attitudes to vaccination among older adults.
The number of winter deaths last year hit a record high in more than 40 years. With an estimated 50,100 excess winter deaths in England and Wales in 2017/18 – the highest recorded since winter 1975/76, experts blame the failure of last year’s flu jab to adequately protect members of the public from the influenza virus.
MPs say they have been shocked to discover that only 25% of social care staff looking after the elderly and vulnerable are vaccinated against flu.
Experts in health and infectious diseases will today argue that a combination of antimicrobial resistance, complacency, austerity, climate change, urbanisation and migration are increasing the risk of infectious diseases and pandemics.