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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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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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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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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.

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Health leaders across the UK have united to urge people aged 65 and over to take advantage of the NHS’s biggest ever flu vaccination programme.

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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.

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Vaccination plays a crucial role in the prevention of infections through a persons life

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NHS Employers are again running their annual Flu Fighters Awards. The Award Ceremony will take place on 24th April in Manchester.

 

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The International Federation of Ageing (IFA) and the International Longevity Centre UK (ILC-UK) have issued a joint statement on proposed changes to the childhood pneumococcal vaccine guidelines. The organisations have issued this statement.

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