Non-governmental organizations and academia, clinicians, public health and scientific experts and associations collaborating on a common agenda around a life course approach to vaccination with special attention to later life.
To create and mobilize stakeholder networks and experts to help influence and shape policies to improve the uptake rate of adult vaccinations.
Raising awareness of the value of a life course approach to vaccination, and specifically adult vaccination within a public health framework as a key element of healthy ageing.
Older adults have capacity and capability to contribute socially and economically to the life of a nation so we call on all champions and advocates representing constituents in the field of health, ageing, chronic diseases, public health, social justice, inter-generational solidarity among many others to embrace this new narrative.
Health promotion and disease prevention in later stages of life are necessary to a healthy ageing population but require combating ageist attitudes, beliefs and practices of society, healthcare providers and the broader policy environment of healthcare systems and government.
The International Federation on Ageing (IFA), in collaboration with Friends of IFA (FOIFA) Japan, convened the Asia Pacific Immunization Meeting on December 1-2, 2016 in Tokyo, Japan. This international, high-level knowledge exchange platform attracted twenty key stakeholders and opinion leaders from Australia, New Zealand, Singapore, Hong Kong, South Korea, Japan, Canada, and the United States.
The overall goal of this meeting was to share the most up to date information on adult vaccination from a scientific and public health viewpoint through presentations by key opinion leaders (KOLs). From these KOLs, attendees learned the process for approval, and reviewed studies conducted to improve awareness of vaccinations, increase uptake rates, and better understand barriers to adult immunization. Throughout the meeting, attendees discussed policy actions to be taken at a national and international level.
The many insightful speakers and rich discussions offered valuable information on adult immunization in the Asia Pacific region, barriers to vaccination, and opportunities for change. All contributions demonstrated how barriers such as ageism, lack of awareness, pre-conceived beliefs, and inadequate communication between health care professionals can be addressed to raise awareness of adult vaccination and increase uptake rates.
The IFA is presently preparing a report on the outcomes of the Asia Pacific Immunization Meeting, to be published early next year.
The fourth edition of the Adult Vaccination Newsletter was released last month, and features updates from several World Coalition on Adult Vaccination member organisations!
The newsletter looks ahead to 2017 initiatives focusing on adult vaccination to be undertaken by the IFA, and its many partners, collaborators, supporters and friends within and alongside the World Coalition on Adult Vaccination.
Read the Adult Vaccination Newsletter here and learn about the work of the IFA and the members of the World Coalition on Adult Vaccination in the fields of adult vaccination and ageing.
Contributors include: (1) The Brazilian Society of Immunizations (SBIm) (2) Generations United (3) University of San Martín de Porres – Centro de Investigación del Envejecimiento (4) Vaccines Today (5) National University Hospital of Singapore (5) Foundation Center for Infectious Disease Studies (FUNCEI) (6) International Longevity Center (ILC-UK) (7) European Adult Immunisation Hub (8) Sociedad Española de Medicina de Familia y Comunitaria (semFYC) (9) AVNIR Group (10) Friends of the IFA Japan (11) Hacettepe University (12) National Institute of Health Portugal
Adult Vaccinations on the World Platform:
On 21st – 23rd June 2016 the IFA and COTA Queensland convened the IFA 13th Global Conference on Ageing in Brisbane Australia. Adult vaccinations was the major focus for the first day of the IFA Conference with:
Keynote Address: Prof Raina MacIntyre, Head of the School of Public Health and Community Medicine at University of New South Wales and Professor of Infectious Disease Epidemiology
“There was a lady who developed shingles on her chest and pain was so severe and so chronic she couldn’t wear a bra, so she stopped leaving her house and in a very short amount of time she had to go from independent living to assisted living.” – Prof. MacIntyre at the IFA 13th Global Conference on Ageing
Prof. MacIntyre discussed the gap between rates of funded infant to adult vaccination, leaving older adults susceptible to preventable infections. Adult vaccination is a growing area with more focus needed. Older adults have a higher incidence and experience greater severity with vaccine-preventable diseases, due to both immunosenescence and co-morbidity, and represent the largest group with age-based recommendations for vaccines such as influenza, pneumococcal and herpes zoster. While the number of available vaccines for older adults and the need for these vaccines has increased, health provider attitudes to adult vaccination remains negative. Reasons for this includes ageism in healthcare.
Thought Leaders Lunch Meeting on Adult Vaccination: Approximately 40 experts in the field of ageing, vaccines and public health joined the lunch meeting to discuss and understand the actions required in the field of health promotion and disease prevention to break down country specific barriers impeding uptake rates of adult vaccination. The main theme of the discussion was the importance of including adult vaccination as a strategy towards healthy ageing.
The IFA was pleased to provide global leaders at the IFA Conference with the opportunity to meet, discuss and network with other like-minded individuals working to ensure a healthy ageing population.
The Role of Adult Vaccination as Part of Healthy Ageing Symposium
The Symposium highlighted:
The symposium demonstrated the need of improving the uptake rate of adult vaccinations globally and started an evidence-based dialogue with civil society, academics, healthcare professionals and government decision makers on what vaccination prevention measures could be actioned on all levels and avenues to support the growing global ageing population.
Please find below the adult vaccination symposium presentations or papers linked to each presenter’s name:
Prof. Ross Andrews, Chair of the Australian Technical Advisory Group on Immunization (ATAGI)
Ms. Grace Chan, Chief Officer (Elderly Service) of the Hong Kong Council of Social Service
Prof. Raina MacIntyre, Head of School of Public Health and Community Medicine, UNSW
Prof. Paul Van Buynder, Specialist in Public Health, Gold Coast Health Service
Mr. Ian Yates, Chief Executive of Council of the Ageing (COTA) Australia
World Coalition on Adult Vaccination at the IFA Booth
Throughout the three day conference, delegates were exposed to a number of World Coalition on Adult Vaccination posters which demonstrated actions and activities on adult vaccination from across the global!
Thank you to the following organizations who provided their posters: (1) CoMO (2) FOIFA (3) Generations United (4) Hacettepe University (5) ILC-UK (6) SItI (7) Vaccine Ambassadors (8) Vaccines Today
Vaccination Rates for over 65s Too Low: Experts, Aged Care Insite
Vaccines: Don’t Forget the Elderly, MJA Insight
World Ageing Conference – Vaccination Gap in Seniors, Seniors Newspaper
IFA Global Conference on Ageing Day 1: Healthy Ageing on Agenda, Seniors Newspaper
The World Coalition on Adult Vaccination was created through two meetings, where the IFA and delegates at these Summits – ranging from academics, health professionals, civil society and media personnel – realized the lack of work on adult vaccinations and the need for champions in the field. The two meetings were convened in Brussels, Belgium in November 2015:
It is extremely important to have champions all over the world advocating for increased awareness, education and the establishment of programs and initiatives focusing on the importance and need for improved adult vaccination uptake rates.
Members of the World Coalition on Adult Vaccination
The World Coalition on Adult Vaccination is demonstrating that vaccines are not just for kids and the importance of championing for life-course approaches to immunizations, ensuring not only the individual is protected but the community as a whole.
If you are an academic, scientist, public health professional part of an NGO or a corporation, working in the field of adult vaccinations and are interested in joining the World Coalition on Adult Vaccination, please e-mail Ms. Jessica Rochman-Fowler.
Please see below the growing community of World Coalition on Adult Vaccination Members.
|The Confederation of Meningitis Organisations Inc. (CoMO) is an international member organisation working to reduce the incidence and impact of meningitis worldwide.
CoMO brings together patient groups, health professionals and organisations, meningitis survivors and families from more than 25 countries to help prevent meningitis through:
- Raising public awareness of meningitis through education
- Advocating for meningitis vaccines to be available to families worldwide
- Connecting and resourcing a strong global network of members who make sure their communities have access to meningitis information and support.
For more information, please access CoMO's website: http://www.comomeningitis.org/
|Hacettepe University pledges itself to train highly qualified individuals for the future of the country in the light of universal values and availing of its wide experience in science, technology and art, and to offer its output in the fields of research, education and service for the benefit of the society.
Dr. Serhat Unal and Dr. Mine Durusu-Tanriover are members of the World Coalition on Adult Vaccination and working to demonstrate the importance of adult vaccination and as doctors, every encounter with the patient should be regarded as a chance for a catch-up.
For more information, please access Haccettepe University's website: http://hacettepe.edu.tr/
|Vaccines Today is an on-line platform for discussing vaccines and vaccination.
Vaccines continue to make headlines around the world and are of great interest to citizens and health professionals alike.
The platform strives to provide an interactive forum for informed debate on issues around vaccination, as well as to serve as a source of reliable information, bringing the community of stakeholders together to share their views.
To facilitate an informed discussion that takes all views on vaccination into account, the content of Vaccines Today is produced through interviews with experts from academia, patient groups, and industry experts, along with reports based on scientific literature and conferences.
For more information, please access VaccinesToday's website: http://vaccinestoday.eu/
|Generations United’s mission is to improve the lives of children, youth, and older adults through intergenerational collaboration, public policies and programs for the enduring benefit of all. For nearly three decades, Generations United has been the catalyst for policies and practices stimulating cooperation and collaboration among generations, evoking the vibrancy, energy and sheer productivity that result when people of all ages come together.
Generations United believe that we can only be successful in the face of our complex future if generational diversity is regarded as a national asset and fully leveraged.
Valuing Vaccinations Across Generations is an awareness campaign launched by Generations United in partnership with The Gerontological Society of America and the American Academy of Paediatrics. This Campaign bridges the importance of immunizations within segmented groups into an intergenerational conversation within families and among generations. It is an international effort that promotes vaccinations through a lifespan approach by providing tools and resources to encourage intergenerational conversations.
For more information, please access Generations United's website: http://www.gu.org/
|Friends of IFA Japan (FOIFA) is an independent non-profit organization working together with the International Federation on Ageing (IFA) and other related NGOs and NPOs to meet the challenges of the ageing population in the world. FOIFA is based in Akita City, Akita Prefecture, Japan. Akita City is situated in the mid-west of Akita Prefecture and Akita Prefecture is in the north eastern part of the Japan main Island. About 500km north from Tokyo.
Our aim is to ensure that senior citizens must live healthily and actively; have dignity, the responsibility to act and the right to participate in the society which naturally is an acknowledgment of the basic human rights of freedom.
Friends of IFA (FOIFA) is working to highlight the importance of adult immunization among the Japanese ageing community.
For more information, please access FOIFA's website: http://www.foifa.or.jp/index.html
|The Società Italiana di Igiene, Medicina Preventiva e Sanità Pubblica (SItI) believes that prevention of infectious diseases is one of the main objectives for Public Health professionals. Vaccinations are an exceptional discovery that changed the face of the history of medicine. Thanks to the use of vaccines in medical practice it has been eradicated smallpox, they have almost disappeared tetanus, polio, diphtheria and have been significantly reduced viral diseases such as hepatitis B, measles, rubella, mumps and diseases as bacterial meningitis.
Paradoxically vaccinations are "victims of their success": not the diseases that have been eradicated or significantly reduced by being more visible decreased the perception of the importance of vaccinations, and are amplified by the web alarming and disturbing messages on the use of vaccines and it is spread news without scientific basis.
SITI is working to ensure correct and factual vaccination information and evidence is provided and in turn improve the uptake rates of adult vaccination.
For more information, please access, SITI's website: http://www.societaitalianaigiene.org/site/new/
|Immunizations are one of the most cost-effective, life-saving healthcare services available, and are considered a basic healthcare measure for all children. The CDC estimates that immunizations have prevented 20 million deaths in the last two decades.
Despite significant advances, vaccines that are routinely offered in the United States are not readily available to all children in many parts of world.
For more information, please access Vaccine Ambassador's website: http://vaccineambassadors.org/
|The International Council of Nurses (ICN) is a federation of more than 130 national nurses associations (NNAs), representing the more than 16 million nurses worldwide.
Founded in 1899, ICN is the world’s first and widest reaching international organisation for health professionals. Operated by nurses and leading nurses internationally, ICN works to ensure quality nursing care for all, sound health policies globally, the advancement of nursing knowledge, and the presence worldwide of a respected nursing profession and a competent and satisfied nursing workforce.
ICN's ever-increasing networks and connections to people reinforce the importance of strong linkages with national, regional and international nursing and non-nursing organisations. Building positive relationships internationally helps position ICN, nurses and nursing for now and the future. Our work with the specialised agencies of the United Nations system, particularly with the World Health Organization, the International Labour Organisation and the World Bank, are important for nurses everywhere. In addition, we work closely with a range of international non-governmental organisations.
For more information, please access ICN's wesbite: http://www.icn.ch/
|HappyAgeing is the Italian Alliance for Active Ageing, founded in 2014 to promote in Italy policies and initiatives to protect the health of older adults and develop the indications of the European Commission on active ageing face.
The foundational core of HappyAgeing part the Italian Society of Hygiene , the Italian Society of Geriatrics and Gerontology , the Italian Society of Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation , unions FNP CISL , SPI CGIL and UIL Retired , the Elderly and Retired ACLI Federation and Federsanità ANCI .
The operating mode of the Covenant are realized through the confluence of all the organizations that are concerned with the welfare of the elderly and the development and replication at national level of experience successfully implemented in the local context and validated scientifically by HappyAgeing partners.
For more information, please access Happy Ageing's website: http://www.happyageing.it/happyag/
|The International Longevity Centre – UK (ILC-UK) is a futures organisation focussed on some of the biggest challenges facing Government and society in the context of demographic change.
Much of our work is directed at the highest levels of Government and the civil service, both in London and Brussels. We have a reputation as a respected think tank which works, often with key partners, to inform important decision-making processes.
Our policy remit is broad, and covers everything from pensions and financial planning, to health and social care, housing design, and age discrimination. We work primarily with central government, but also actively build relationships with local government, the private sector and relevant professional and academic associations.
ILC-UK has recently launched the European Adult Immunisation Hub: http://www.adultimmunisation.eu/
|EASYCare Health strongly supports the campaign to increase vaccination uptake in old age to help promote healthy ageing. EASYCare Health is a Social Enterprise Company whose mission is to improve the lives of older people throughout the world by using standardised methods to identify the concerns of older people about their health, independence and well-being, and mobilize support based on the priorities of the older person and their families.
With 25 years of development, experience of use in 44 poor, middle income and rich countries, and with more than 80- peer-reviewed publications about the validity and effectiveness of the approach, we know that low rates of vaccine uptake is one of the key threats to health, independence and well-being in old age. That is why we include routine enquiry about vaccination uptake in our assessment methods and encourage older people to make sure they are up to date with their vaccines.
EasyCare will be working with the World Coalition on Adult Vaccination to develop our assessment methods, guidance and training systems so that we can highlight this issue with people involved in front-line care for older people and provide data about the extent to which older people regard this as a concern for their health and care.
For more information about EASYCare Health please contact www.easycarehealth.org.uk.”
|SemFYC is the federation of the 17 Societies of Family Medicine and Community that exist in Spain and brings together more than 19,500 family doctors.
SemFYC is a medical scientific society, whose main purpose is to contribute to the effectiveness, efficiency, sustainability and equity of the National Health System through the development of Family and Community Medicine, promoting excellence by offering services that meet the needs and expectations of family physicians and through innovation and quality improvement, based on the integration of the action as a federation of societies.
For more information, please access SenFYC's website: http://www.semfyc.es/es/
|The NGO Committee on Ageing is promoting the three priorities of the Madrid International Action Plan on Ageing – participation of older people in all relevant politics and awareness raising; advancing health and wellbeing into old age; and ensuring enabling and supportive environments.
The Committee’s main focus is laid on the “universal design”/”design for all”/”inclusive design” concept to increase implementation of accessibility within all premises, buildings and living homes, but also in accessible public transport, products and services to meet the needs and requirements of the ageing society and families in connection with the diversities during the whole life cycle from young to old age.
For more information, please access the CoNGO website: http://www.ngocongo.org/committees/vienna-committees/vienna-committee-on-ageing
|Janaseva Foundation began modestly by organizing health camps in rural parts of Maharashtra but soon set up a rural hospital and an oldage home. Over the years, the Foundation rapidly expanded its activities and has to its credit today a wide range of charitable projects.
Dr. Vinod Shah, M.D., renowned gastroenterologist, associated with many prominent hospitals in the city is the founder-chairman of the Janaseva Foundation. A highly accomplished physician and teacher of medicine, he has also been invited by the Governor of Maharashtra to be his Honorary Physician. The professional success however did not blind Dr. Shah to the misery and agony of India’s poor, sick and the powerless. The overpowering inner urge to be of service to people who needed it most got the better of him and he founded the Janaseva Foundation on 15th January 1988.The foundation started functioning from January 1990.
For more information, please access the Janaseva Foundation website: http://janasevafoundation.org/node/37
|Fundación Centro de Estudios Infectológicos/Foundation Center for Infectious Disease Studies (FUNCEI) is a non-governmental and non-profit organization, focused on research and on medical and community education. Based in Argentina since 1987 and headed by Daniel Stamboulian MD, FUNCEI works with a multidisciplinary team to develop and implement an integral model to improve the diagnosis, treatment and prevention of infectious diseases, and has been recognized with the 2015 Carlos Slim Health Award as an Outstanding Institution.
Through its Adult Vaccination Working Group FUNCEI has developed educational programs and awareness campaigns aimed at health care professionals and the community that includes: local and international symposia and congresses; distance-learning education; weekly grounds on ID, courses and workshops and training in applied ID for residents and medical students; brochures and newsletters; print and digital guides; articles on institutional media, press releases and social media. Also, FUNCEI has agreements with the Argentinean Society of Gerontology and Geriatric (SAGG) and works with ILC-Argentina, among others.
For more information, please access FUNCEI's website: www.funcei.org.ar
|Fighting Infectious Diseases in Emerging Countries (FIDEC) is a U.S.-based non-profit organization created in 2001, aimed at providing resources to health care programs to fight infectious diseases. Dr. Daniel Stamboulian is founder and president at FIDEC and Voluntary Associate Professor at the University of Miami.
FIDEC´s goal is to raise awareness about the importance of vaccine preventable diseases in the Hispanic Community of South Florida and Latin America, and its strategy is to educate key agents of change to create habits that will help reduce the impact of preventable diseases. Through its Adolescent and Adult Immunization Working Group, FIDEC works with the medical community focusing on the benefit of vaccines in the prevention of vaccine preventable diseases.
For more information, please access FIDEC's website: www.fidec-online.org
|The ACGG was founded on October 12, 1973 in the city of Bogotá. It is an autonomous, scientific, and apolitical non-profit organization, formed by professions that span the spectrum of Geriatrics and Gerontology.
ACGG's essential mission is to strengthen national and local health systems and improve the health of older persons throughout the Americas.
ACGG aims to bridge the gap between policymakers, researchers, health professionals, and practitioners.
To learn more, visit ACGG's website.
|The Immunisation Coalition is the leading voice in whole-of-life immunisation in Australia, protecting all Australians against communicable diseases. Membership is open to all who support the aims of the Coalition. We collaborate with like-minded organisations including Government, non-government organisations and other groups that fight vaccine hesitancy.
We are a champion for immunisation education, providing timely, accurate, and scientifically informed information about vaccines and the diseases they prevent. We create awareness through providing educational resources for use by others free of intellectual property restrictions.
Our key information target groups are the health profession, the public and the media. We also hold scientific meetings and educational forums on adult vaccinations on both a national basis (twice a year) and regularly at a local and regional level.
To learn more, visit the Immunisation Coalition's website.
|The Federation of Korean Gerontological Societies (FKGS) is a non-profit NGO which works to improve the quality of life of the aged by engaging energetically in organizing professional forums and worldwide academic congresses, researching and developing policies, and bringing the senior welfare system to realization.
To learn more, visit the FKGS website.
|The Aging Institute of the Pontificia Universidad Javeriana has over 20 years of experience as a researcher in social and clinical problems of the elderly in Colombia and other countries in Latin America. Since 1994, an interdisciplinary team based at the San Ignacio University Hospital of the Universidad Javeriana has conducted research on these important issues. In 2000, the Aging Institute was created to provide research programs on social phenomena. In 2009, the postgraduate program in geriatric medicine was inaugurated. At present, more than 24 geriatricians in training, including nine geriatrics professors, psychiatrists, neurologists, neuropsychologists, psychologists and post-doctoral students, are working under Dr. Carlos Canos Gutierrez to investigate normal and pathological clinical and translational aging. In addition, the Institute is a national consultant in public policy related to aging. The Institute's mission is research, with a focus on the social problems of the country's elderly, and the Institute serves as the main centre of reference in Colombia.
To learn more, visit the Aging Institute's website.
|The UNIDAD DE PREVENCION INTERNATIONAL, UPV was originally conceived as a traveler’s clinic in 1994, but later dedicated mostly towards the concept of adult vaccination. From the beginning it was obvious the lack of knowledge about adult vaccination and interest on this matter. Personal in training and more striking, admittedly well-trained colleagues who served on different specialties and subspecialties at a tertiary care hospital where I practice were barely aware on existing vaccines for adult and the elderly population. At UPV we perceive vaccination as another act in medicine, another procedure, and certainly we believe it should be a state of mind and fully aligned with the mission of any health institution, whereas dedicated to diagnostics, therapeutics or preventative services, whether it is a small health unit serving a small community, a medical office or a major hospital dedicated to various fields in medicine.|
|The European Federation of Internal Medicine (EFIM) was founded in 1996 from the Association Européenne de Médicine Interne (AEMI)*. AEMI itself had been founded in 1969 by members of the UEMS monospecialty section on internal medicine to provide a scientific organisation for European internal medicine.
EFIM was formed by bringing together the national societies of internal medicine from each of the European countries, both inside and outside the European Union. EFIM currently comprises 33 member Societies representing over 30,000 internists.
The purpose of EFIM is to re-emphasise the importance of Internal Medicine in a world of increasing specialisation. There are close links with the European Union through the Monospecialty Committee of UEMS (Union of European Medical Specialists) and with ISIM (International Society of Internal Medicine).
For more information, please access the EFIM website here: http://www.efim.org/
|Founded in 1972, the Agence de Médecine Préventive (AMP) is a nonprofit organization dedicated to promoting preventive medicine and public health worldwide.
AMP collaborates with diverse public- and private-sector partners to support countries in developing sustainable and effective immunization policies and strengthening their public health infrastructure.
Our work focuses mainly on the following activities:
- Conducting field-based research in vaccinology and epidemiology
- Providing technical and logistical support to strengthen immunization services
- Supporting the development of sustainable health policies and systems
- Developing human resources for health
For more information, please visit the AMP website: http://amp-vaccinology.org/
|European Men's Health Forum (EMHF) is the only European organisation dedicated to the improvement of men’s health in all its aspects. Its vision is a future in which all men in Europe have an equal opportunity to attain the highest possible level of health and well-being.
Its mission is to improve men’s health across all countries in Europe by promoting collaboration between interested organisations and individuals on the development and application of health-related policies, research, education and prevention programmes.
EMHF is committed to gender equality, fully supports activities to improve women’s health, and opposes the re-allocation of funding from women’s to men’s health.
For more information, please access the EMHF's website: http://emhf.org/
|Fundacion Irene Megias Contra La Meningitis' mission is to promote educate and provide awareness to society, to reduce rates of death and disability and to support individuals and families affected with meningitis and sepsis.
In addition, Fundacion Irene Megias Contra La Meningitis dedicate part of their resources to epidemiological and clinical research, in order to prevent and improve the treatment of these diseases.
For more information, please access Fundacion Irene Megias Contra La Meningitis' website: http://www.contralameningitis.org/
|The Austrian Society for Geriatrics and Gerontology represents and develops the Geriatrics and Gerontology in Austria. It represents the interests of multi-morbid and vulnerable older people and relatives.
Its members are perceived as experts on ageing and Geriatrics.
The Austrian Society of Geriatrics and Gerontology promotes:
- The extraction and transfer of scientific findings in Geriatrics and Gerontology
- The networking of research-based in this area and people practising, disciplines, professions, groups and institutions
- The geriatric-gerontological competence development in education and continuing education
For more information, please access the Austrian Society for Geriatrics and Gerontology website: https://www.geriatrie-online.at