AV-HCP ECHO Program
Responding to gaps in continuous education for healthcare professionals
The global ageing population is expected to increase from 9.4% in 2020 to 16% in 2050. In the context of healthy ageing and a life course approach to immunization, older persons are a rapidly growing population at risk for serious complications and death associated with infectious diseases. Parallel to the process of ageing is the increasing vulnerability to infectious diseases for those with noncommunicable diseases.
The societal value of immunization is well-known during childhood years; however, governmental investment has been lacking when it comes to ensuring populations and HCPs most at risk of infectious diseases have a sound understanding of the importance of vaccination.
In the face of emerging and ongoing vaccine hesitancy, HCPs still remain the most trusted advisors, influencers and advocates of vaccination decisions for older adults. HCPs are responsible for adhering to evidence-based immunization guidelines to communicate vaccine health and safety, combat vaccine hesitancy and stay informed about vaccines. While various competency training programs are available for those qualified to administer vaccines, there are significant gaps in the continuous education of HCPs resulting in a lack of confidence and ambivalence in promoting immunization.
Health professional associations have recognized the gap in education about vaccines and vaccination for older adults, yet they still need to be significantly present in professional efforts to promote vaccination as one of the most effective public health interventions for those most at risk. The IFA’s AV-HCP ECHO responded to this gap in continuous education by delivering a successful and interactive learning series aimed at fostering a community of HCPs in the field of adult vaccination. The program aimed to enable HCPs to become champions and advocates of adult vaccination. Together, experts and learners came together to propose key recommendations and good practices for HCPs to advocate for and improve adult vaccination.
AV-HCP ECHO Package
Together with 17 civil society organizations (CSOs) committed to influenza vaccination advocacy, the IFA learned about good practices in influenza vaccination advocacy strategies, consolidated knowledge assets and campaign strategies of participants, and identified gaps that consider how to improve influenza vaccination advocacy campaigns.
The AV-HCP ECHO learning series served as a platform to connect and empower HCPs globally to become champions of adult vaccination. Check out key recommendations in the Technical Report.
HCPs are trusted advisors for vaccine decisions. Check out our infographic, highlighting key recommendations and good practices for HCPs to advocate and improve adult vaccination #AdultImmunization