European ADULT IMMUNISATION HUB

Category: good practice

In August 2017, the ILC-UK and IFA hosted vaccine experts from around the world to discuss how to increase uptake. This report provides a summary of the discussions that took place, key messages and next steps.

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A brilliant initiative highlighted in the Brent and Kilburn Times.

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The announcement comes just one week after it was reported that England had achieved the target rate of getting 95% of children to have had the first dose of the MMR vaccine by their 5th birthday.

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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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