Your Global Point of Contact on Adult Vaccination

World Coalition on Adult Vaccination


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.


Exploring lifelong immunization as a foundation of healthy ageing

The International Federation on Ageing (IFA), in collaboration with Ældre Sagen, convened the Adult Vaccination: A Public Health Priority expert meeting on 16-17 January 2018 in Copenhagen, Denmark.

This international, high-level knowledge exchange platform aimed to highlight vaccination activities of countries in the Nordic region, and to promote dialogue among various stakeholders on how best to improve adult vaccination uptake rates nationally and regionally.

The discussion also focused on how best to bring vaccination to the forefront of the agendas of patient organizations, such as those representing chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD), respiratory diseases, and diabetes, and come together to emphasize the combined impact of vaccine-preventable diseases on vulnerable people with comorbid conditions.

The overall goal of this meeting was to strengthen the connections among those who have a stake in increasing adult vaccination uptake rates – specifically those working to support the people most affected by vaccine-preventable diseases, including those in the fields of vaccination, ageing, public health, and non-communicable diseases. Each delegate brought to the table a unique perspective of the role of vaccination as part of healthy ageing, and of their role as researchers, practitioners, educators, and influencers in enhancing awareness of vaccinations, increasing uptake rates, and better understanding the complex barriers that allow vaccination uptake rates to stagnate while the ageing population increases.

This meeting revealed the importance of consensus-building among stakeholders, who work together to put forward a cohesive message on the role of vaccination in healthy ageing. The meeting also showed the need to strengthen relationships among various healthcare professionals (HCPs) and professional organizations as well as the connections between HCPs and patient organizations, and to further understand how HCPs prioritize vaccination in their own professional circumstances, with the goal of affirming the role of HCPs, including doctors, nurses, and pharmacists, in vaccine education and delivery.

Additionally, this platform reasserted the need for positive, candid public awareness campaigns on the availability of vaccines, the benefits of vaccination and the consequences of not being vaccinated, especially for people with chronic diseases.

At present, the IFA is preparing a report on the outcomes of the Nordic Adult Vaccination: A Public Health Priority expert meeting, to be published in spring 2018.

Presenting the ‘Adult Vaccination: A Public Health Priority’ Meeting Report!

In advance of World Pneumonia Day (12 November 2017), The International Federation on Ageing (IFA), in partnership with the International Longevity Centre UK (ILC-UK) are thrilled to announce the launch of the ‘Adult Vaccination: A Public Health Priority’ meeting report, which highlights valuable dialogue, key messages, and steps toward action discussed at the preceding meeting held in August 2017 in London, UK. The report can be accessed by clicking here.

This expert meeting demonstrated that an influential, emerging network of vaccine experts and advocates is having a global impact. To build on this impact, the IFA is eagerly anticipating two upcoming vaccination meetings, the ‘Adult Vaccination: A Public Health Priority’ Nordic expert meeting and the ad-hoc committee meeting, taking place in Copenhagen, DK in January 2018.

The IFA acknowledges that the collaboration of Coalition members working to support advances in vaccination is vital to continued work on vaccination policies and practices, and as such, looks forward with anticipation to your feedback, your circulation of this report, and your future participation in Coalition initiatives.

Should you have any questions regarding the report, the Coalition, or future meetings, please contact

Adult Vaccination Newsletter – International Day of Older Persons Special Edition!

In honour of the UN International Day of Older Persons, the World Coalition on Adult Vaccination released a special edition newsletter and featuring blogs from several Adult Vaccination member organisations!

The newsletter highlights exciting IFA initiatives, including the August 2017 ‘Adult Vaccination: A Public Health Priority’ expert meeting, and calls for the submission of abstracts from those interested in vaccination, non-communicable diseases and ageing to the IFA 14th Global Conference on Ageing. It also features updates & good practice examples from the World Coalition on Adult Vaccination, its many partners, collaborators, and supporters.

Read the Adult Vaccination Newsletter here to 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) Asociación Colombiana de Gerontología y Geriatría (ACGG); (2) Generations United; (3) International Longevity Centre UK; (4) National Institute of Geriatrics Mexico (INGER); (5) Österreichische Gesellschaft für Geriatrie und Gerontologie (Austrian Society of Geriatrics and Gerontology – ÖGGG)

Strengthening Connections to At-Risk Groups in Adult Vaccination

The International Federation on Ageing (IFA), in collaboration with the International Longevity Centre United Kingdom (ILC-UK), convened the Adult Vaccination: A Public Health Priority expert meeting on 29-30 August 2017 in London, United Kingdom.  This international, high-level knowledge exchange platform aimed to prompt discussion among the twenty-nine experts who attended from across Europe and North America, all who work in the best interest of older at-risk people, and who are passionate about the work they do.

The overall goal of this meeting was to strengthen the connections among those who have a stake in increasing adult vaccination uptake rates – specifically those working to support the people most affected by vaccine-preventable diseases, including those in the fields of vaccination, ageing, public health, and non-communicable diseases.  Each delegate brought to the table a unique perspective of how vaccination impacts their work, and how best to improve awareness of vaccinations, increase uptake rates, and better understand barriers to adult vaccination.  Throughout the meeting, attendees discussed actions to be taken to improve uptake rates of adult vaccination, specifically among older at-risk groups.

Incredibly dynamic speakers, interesting discussions, and probing question and answer periods characterized this meeting, which revealed the need to do more to increase adult vaccination uptake rates, inclusive of disease-specific groups. This meeting also highlighted good practices, and opportunities for change. All contributions examined how barriers such as inequalities in vaccine access, patient perceptions of their need to be vaccinated, variation in what is defined as a successful vaccine program for older people, low awareness of the existence of vaccines, and lack of cohesive messaging about the importance of being vaccinated, can be addressed to raise awareness of adult vaccination and increase uptake rates.

At present, the IFA is preparing a report on the outcomes of the Adult Vaccination: A Public Health Priority expert meeting, to be published in late 2017.

Adult Vaccination Newsletter – 6th Edition

The sixth edition of the Adult Vaccination Newsletter was released recently, and features updates from several World Coalition on Adult Vaccination member organisations!

The newsletter highlights upcoming IFA initiatives, including the development of a new adult vaccination website. It also features updates & good practice examples from the World Coalition on Adult Vaccination, its many partners, collaborators, and supporters.

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) Hacettepe University; (2) Generations United; (3) Austrian Society of Geriatrics and Gerontology (ÖGGG); (4) International Longevity Centre UK; (5) Immunisation Coalition; (6) Confederation of Meningitis Organisations (CoMO); (7) Asociación Colombiana de Gerontología y Geriatría (ACGG); (8) Vaccines Today.

Adult Vaccination Guest Blog

Guest post by Gary Finnegan, Editor, Vaccines Today

Flu season is over for another year. Vaccines Today reported that worst-affected age group were those older 65 years of age.

One of the key reasons for this was that the dominant flu virus this year – influenza A(H2N2) – usually causes a particularly strong spike in hospitalisation of older people.

To read the full blog, click here.

Adult Vaccination Newsletter – 5th Edition

wacv_logo-new-newThe fifth edition of the Adult Vaccination Newsletter was released in May 2017, and features updates from several World Coalition on Adult Vaccination member organisations!

The newsletter highlights World Immunization Week initiatives, as well as important adult vaccination events attended by the IFA. It also features updates & good practice examples from the World Coalition on Adult Vaccination, its many partners, collaborators, and supporters.

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) Fundación Centro de Estudios Infectológicos/Foundation Center for Infectious Disease Studies (FUNCEI); (2) Generations United; (3) Hacettepe University; (4) Instituto Nacional de Geriatría (INGER); (5) Vaccine Ambassadors; (6) Asociación Colombiana de Gerontología y Geriatría (ACGG)

Asia-Pacific Adult Immunization Meeting

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.

Adult Vaccination Newsletter – 4th Edition

wacv_logo-new-newThe 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:

IFA 13th Global Conference on Ageing 

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:

Raina MacintyreKeynote 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.

20160621_133213Thought 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

Prof. Ross Andrews, Chair of the Australian Technical Advisory Group on Immunization (ATAGI)


Grace Chan


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


Dr Langoulant and Dr BarrattWorld 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.

Learn more about the Adult Immunization Advocacy Summits here.

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. Megan Acton.

Please see below the growing community of World Coalition on Adult Vaccination Members.

CoMO LogoThe 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:
Hacettepe University LogoHacettepe 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:
VaccinesToday LogoVaccines 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:
Generations United LogoGenerations 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:
FOIFA LogoFriends 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:
SITI LogoThe 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:
Vaccine Ambassadors LogoImmunizations 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:
ICN LogoThe 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:
Happy Ageing LogoHappyAgeing 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:
ILC UK LogoThe 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:
Easy Care LogoEASYCare 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”
semFYC LogoSemFYC 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:
NGO Committee on Ageing Vienna LogoThe 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:
Janaseva Foundation LogoJanaseva 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:
FUNCEI LOGOFundación 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:
FIDEC LogoFighting 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:
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.
Voces Ciudadanas is an initiative that was born in Peru and builds and leads Latin America and the Caribbean alliances between civil society and the States incorporating into their agendas "Immunizations as a Rights Issue and a Public Good". Voces Ciudadanas promotes vaccination in all stages of life, including vaccination of older adults and vulnerable groups against various diseases.

Voces Ciudadanas encourages organized groups of children, adolescents, older adults and vulnerable groups to recognize themselves as legal subjects, to promote and demand the extension of immunizations in their jurisdictions as a matter of rights that must be guaranteed by the States.

We are founders, leaders and promoters of the Latin American and Caribbean Network of Children's and Adolescents' Organizations for the Right to Health, a network in which children and adolescents from Colombia, Ecuador, Peru, Panama, Costa Rica, Guatemala, El Salvador, Uruguay, Bolivia and Paraguay, Chile participate.
The Alliance for Aging Research is the leading nonprofit organization dedicated to accelerating the pace of scientific discoveries and their application to vastly improve the universal human experience of aging and health. The Alliance was founded in 1986 in Washington, D.C., and has since become a valued advocacy organization and a respected influential voice with policymakers. The Alliance believes that advances in research help people live longer, happier, more productive lives and reduce health care costs over the long term and that access to the latest scientific information empowers people to take control of their health. The Alliance strives to advance science and enhance lives through a variety of activities and initiatives—from policy issues to provider and consumer health programs—that generate knowledge and action on age-related issues.
Immunize Canada is a coalition of national non-governmental, professional, health, consumer, government and private sector organizations with a specific interest in promoting the understanding and use of vaccines as recommended by the National Advisory Committee on Immunization (NACI). The goal of Immunize Canada is to contribute to the control/elimination/eradication of vaccine-preventable diseases in Canada by increasing awareness of the benefits and risks of immunization for all ages via education, promotion, advocacy and media relations.
The Gerontological Society of America’s National Adult Vaccination Program seeks to improve immunization rates in older adults. The four objectives of the program include 1) diffusing evidence-based information via newsletter and website, 2) nurturing partnerships that complement NAVP’s work, for example by serving on the Steering Committees for AVAC and NAIIS, 3) supporting those making change to improve adult immunization rates through the Immunization Champions, Advocates, and Mentors Program, and 4) driving sustainable solutions to gaps in knowledge and practice, for example by convening stakeholders to create a prioritized list of actions to improve vaccination rates in long-term care.
The European Interdisciplinary Council on Ageing (EICA) is the first scientific organization in Europe specifically fostering the translation and dissemination of results from ageing research to various professional groups, policy makers, advanced education programs and the general public.

The core motivation of EICA is to put an interdisciplinary focus on daily life related questions concerning ageing, health and care and to foster adequate research, research analyses, education strategies and knowledge translation programs in Europe.
The Vaccine Confidence Project™ was founded in 2009 to monitor public confidence in immunisation programmes by building an information surveillance system for early detection of public concerns around vaccines; by applying a diagnostic tool to data collected to determine the risk level of public concerns in terms of their potential to disrupt vaccine programmes; and, finally, to provide analysis and guidance for early response and engagement with the public to ensure sustained confidence in vaccines and immunisation. This initiative also defines a Vaccine Confidence Index™ (VCI) as a tool for mapping confidence globally. Despite the historic success of immunisation in reducing the burden of childhood illness and death, episodes of public concerns and rumours around vaccines have occurred around the world, spreading quickly and sometimes seriously eroding public confidence in immunisation and ultimately leading to vaccine refusals and disease outbreaks. This project seeks to monitor public confidence in immunisation programs by listening for early signals of public distrust and questioning and providing risk analysis and guidance to engage the public early to pre-empt potential programme disruptions.
Diabetes Frail Ltd ( and its associated Foundation for Diabetes Research in Older People) is a not-for-profit medical research organisation dedicated to learning more about frailty and its linkage with diabetes in older people. We are the primary and leading site in Europe for studies in this emerging field. Professor Alan Sinclair is Founder and Director, and has launched the Diabetes Frail project to further explore the emerging importance of frailty as a better-defined concept in ageing populations and its association with diabetes. Diabetes and frailty may be causally related and operate through each of the key components of the frailty phenotype or via the associated medical co-morbidities. Diabetes Frail undertakes European Union-funded research including the recent FP7-funded MIDFRAIL study which is the first large scale RCT to demonstrate that exercise combined with nutritional education and medical optimisation can lead to improvements in function in older frail patients with type 2 diabetes.
Influenza Hub uses modern communication channels to raise awareness of what the flu is, how to prevent it, what the possible complications are and who is most at risk. Recognising a fundamental misunderstanding about influenza and the difference between a cold and the flu, and a lack of knowledge about potential complications for high-risk groups, we set out to help people learn about flu prevention. Today we proactively reach out on social media and our blog to provide targeted information to high-risk groups. People at risk of flu can use our platform themselves to discuss infection, health and the role of flu prevention. Our advisory board members include IFPMA, Mylan, WMA, Sanofi Pasteur and Seqirus. IFA and VaccinesToday also support the initiative.
The Australian College of Nursing (ACN) is the pre-eminent and national leader of the nursing profession and a strong collective voice for nurses in all health care settings. Together, we increase the quality of patient care for all Australians. We lead and enhance health care through policy and advocacy, influencing and informing governments at local, state and national levels, and by providing high-quality leadership development opportunities across the nursing profession. Our mission is advancing nurse leadership to enhance health care.
The Coalition for Life-Course Immunisation (CLCI) was established because a diverse network of expert members and associations from across Europe came together in early 2017 and, guided by the WHO’s European Vaccine Action Plan, concluded that life-course immunisation is one of the most effective public health tools to eradicate vaccine-preventable infectious diseases. CLCI is committed to prevention of these diseases over the life-course through the promotion of the health and economic benefits of wide-scale immunisation.

CLCI will address issues and barriers that prevent the widespread implementation of life-course immunisation, along with promoting awareness among policy makers and politicians, health professionals and the public of the importance of vaccination programmes for European citizens of all ages. CLCI commits to working with the relevant institutions at European Union and Member State level, as well as other external stakeholders and collaborators in order to achieve its aims.
Since its inauguration in 2003, Bahrain Specialist Hospital has earned local and international recognition for its quality and high standards of care. Bahrain Specialist Hospital was the first hospital in the Kingdom of Bahrain to receive Joint Commission International accreditation in 2011 and has maintained this high level of quality certification since then. Recently, Bahrain Specialist Hospital was given Diamond level accreditation by the National Health Regulatory Authority of the Kingdom of Bahrain. In addition, Bahrain Specialist Hospital has received certifications as a center of excellence in various fields, such as minimally invasive gynecology from the American Association of Gynecology Laparoscopists (AAGL) and Surgical Review Corporation (SRC).
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:
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:
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:
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:
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:
The Canadian Nurses Association is the national and global professional voice of Canadian nursing, representing 135,000 nurses in all 13 jurisdictions across Canada. CNA advances the practice and profession of nursing to improve health outcomes and strengthen Canada’s publicly funded, not-for-profit health system.

World Coalition on Adult Vaccination Newsletters

First Edition – February 2016

Second Edition: Latin America – July 2016 

Third Edition – October 2016

Fourth Edition – February 2017

Fifth Edition – May 2017

Sixth Edition – July 2017

*Special Edition* International Day of Older Persons – October 2017

Seventh Edition – November 2017

Social Media Toolkits

World Pneumonia Day (12th November 2017)

World Immunization Week (24th – 30th April 2016)

World Health Day (7th April 2016)

World Cancer Day (4 February 2016)

World Pneumonia Day (12th November 2015)

Useful Resources

A New View intp Pneumonia Among Older Adults, Ipsos on behalf of Pfizer, 2016 

Alliance for Aging Research (2015) “Our Best Shot: Expanding Prevention through Vaccination in Older Adults”

Council of the European Union (2014) “Council Conclusions on Vaccinations as an Effective Tool in Public Health”

Michel J.P., Gusmano, M., Blank, P.R., and Philp, I. (2010) Vaccination and Healthy Ageing: How to Make Life-Course Vaccination a Successful Public Health Strategy, 1(3), 155 – 165

Supporting Active Ageing Through Immunisation (SAATI) Partnership (2013) Adult Vaccination: A Key Component of Healthy Ageing – The Benefits of Life-Course Immunization in Europe

World Health Organization (2015) World Report on Ageing and Health

World Health Organization (2013) Global Vaccine Action Plan 2011-2020

WHO Sage Working Group on Hesitancy (2015) WHO Recommendations Regarding Vaccine Hesitancy, 33 (34) 4155 – 4218

Vacunacion en el Adulto Mayor- Perspectiva de Curso de Vida – Book

Useful Links

World Pneumonia Day


Shingles Australia