Adult Vaccination Consensus Statements on Mobilizing Policy and Public Health Communications

The International Federation on Ageing (IFA) is pleased to release the following consensus statements:

 

Adult Vaccination in the Asia Pacific: Mobilizing Policy and Practice

The following consensus statement was formed as result of the “Adult Vaccination in the Asia Pacific: Mobilizing Policy and Practice” expert meeting, convened by the IFA to bring together interdisciplinary experts in the Asia Pacific region championing increased country-level vaccination uptake.

Using their collective capabilities and resources, this consensus statement represents delegates’ joint commitment to moving forward with next steps collaboratively identified in the statement, such as the development of vaccination education and tools for health care professionals in the region.  Success in achieving these steps requires a cohesive voice that supports improvements to vaccination policies and practices including enhanced awareness and education as well as more expansive infrastructure that includes streamlined vaccine delivery and surveillance across all ages, with a focus on at-risk groups.

 

Uniting Public Health Campaigns to Improve Influenza Awareness

The following consensus statement was formed as a result of the “Fighting the Flu through Targeted Awareness Campaigns” expert meeting convened by the IFA in January 2019 which brought together leading experts in vaccination, ageing, and public health with communications professionals skilled in researching, creating, evaluating and revising public health messages to ensure directed impact.

The considerations outlined in the statement underpin a concerted effort by diverse stakeholders to invest in improving health outcomes in older people and at-risk groups.  Stakeholders agree that improving influenza vaccination awareness through collaborative awareness-raising efforts requires increased understanding of, and responses to, diverse target populations with varying vaccination attitudes.