A life course approach to vaccination is critical to healthy ageing and maintaining and improving the functional ability of older adults.
Focusing on At-Risk Groups
People with chronic diseases are at greater risk to vaccine preventable diseases and associated complications, however vaccine coverage is suboptimal. Though people with non-communicable diseases may deal with multiple health concerns, it is critical that vaccination is prioritized appropriately.
The Business Case
There is a strong business case for adult vaccination, with return on investment far outweighing cost.
Recognizing and addressing key barriers to vaccination including access, knowledge, and data limitations are essential to help build capacity for improvement within and across countries.
Campaigns and Public Health Messages
There is a need for evidence-based campaigns and public health messages promoting vaccination across the life course, targeted to at-risk groups such as older adults and those with chronic disease.
Effectively communicating vaccine safety is essential to building vaccine confidence among groups at-risk to vaccine preventable diseases.