European ADULT IMMUNISATION HUB

Category: good practice

The UK Food Standards Agency’s use of social media to map outbreaks of the norovirus holds lessons for how to target vaccine awareness and outreach campaigns.

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Taxi giant Uber offered free flu vaccinations and ‘flu-fighting care packages’ in more than 35 US cities this flu season.

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NHS Employers in the UK have published lots of material online as part of its Flufighter campaign. The information seeks to provide advice, guidance and campaign materials to support local staff flu vaccination campaigns.

For more details see:  http://www.nhsemployers.org/campaigns/flu-fighter

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The flu steering committee (UK) has produced an app to help healthcare managers capture and report flu vaccinations. The app, designed to reduce the burden of administrative work, helps the performance team “report daily on divisional flu performance which is visible on the Trust intranet and via social media”.

For more information see: http://fabnhsstuff.net/2016/10/23/development-flu-app-nuh/

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A systematic review of the relevant literature in English on the cost-effectiveness of immunisation for adults aged 50 years or over in all EU Member States was performed for the SAATI report (see below). Cost-effectiveness studies were found for 13 EU Member States (the UK, Germany, the Netherlands, Sweden, Belgium, France, Italy, Spain, Poland, Denmark, Finland, Slovakia and Czech Republic) and for 4 of the seven key vaccine preventable diseases examined in this report: herpes zoster, seasonal influenza, IPD and pneumococcal pneumonia.

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The European Immunization Awareness week slogan ‘Protect Promote Immunize’ needs to be seen across the life course. Vaccination programmes focus in the main on children with the aim of vaccinating individuals as early as possible to prevent vaccine preventable disease but also to minimise the spread of infection and stop disease. Many vaccines however, are recommended across the life course and immunisation should be part of health care at all stages of life and in all settings.

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Despite tangible benefits, the SAATI Report indicated that there is reluctance to take firmer action to improve standards of adult immunisation in Europe. Vaccination policy in EU Member States mainly focuses on the young (aged below 18), to some extent the old (aged above 65), especially for seasonal influenza and pneumococcal diseases, and those in at-risk groups.

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Gary Finnegan, editor of Vaccines Today, has published a very useful blog, which sets out some of the evidence in terms of what works in increasing uptake of vaccination.

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The Guardian US interactive team model the effects of measles vaccination of 10 different communities to demonstrate the effects of herd immunisation

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A new policy barring unvaccinated children from enrolling in childcare centres has boosted vaccination rates in Australia. Could mandatory measures improve adult vaccination in Europe?

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