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Changing the Conversation on Adult Influenza Vaccination: South Korea

South Korea has an age-targeted influenza immunization program that provides free vaccination to older adults aged 65 years and over, children aged between 6 months to 12 years and pregnant women. Even though adults with chronic diseases are defined as an at-risk group for serious complications from influenza infection, they do not benefit from free vaccination policy.

Every year, the Ministry of Health and Welfare in partnership with the Korea Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (KCDC) launches an awareness campaign to promote free vaccination among targeted groups.  Timely messages are disseminated through multiple channels, including text messages, the campaign website, formal governmental notices, infographics, videos, posters and press releases.

Excluded from the national influenza immunization program, patients with chronic condition are also largely overlooked from the government-led awareness campaign.  To respond to this gap, the Korean Society of Infectious Diseases has committed to driving communication about influenza vaccination to those neglected groups.  A series of leaflets produced by the Society describe are targeted to patients with underlying problems with lung, heart, kidney, liver or diabetes about the need for influenza vaccination. 

 

Korean translation of the report and infographic below coming soon.

Changing the Conversation Report cover

Campaign Overview: South Korea Report

View the report providing an overview of
the adult influenza campaign in South Korea.

Campaign Overview: South Korea Infographic

View the infographic providing a summary
of the adult influenza campaign in South Korea.

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