The importance of vaccinations during childhood as a basic element of health care is universally accepted. In contrast a discrepancy can be found in Europe between vaccination recommendations for older people and the actual vaccination rates despite strong evidence for the effectiveness of immunization against the flu, pneumococcal diseases, and other vaccine-preventable infectious diseases. Older Europeans are not sufficiently inoculated against these diseases and thus are not adequately protected. A crucial goal for European health care policy is thus to develop strategies to overcome barriers to vaccination. This brief report summarizes the methods applied worldwide to promote vaccination and lists measures that decision makers should take to improve vaccination rates and thus support healthy aging. The four strategic goals are: (1) promotion of lifelong vaccination programs to lower the burden of disease due to vaccine-preventable infectious diseases and foster healthy aging; (2) improve vaccination rates among medical personnel and strengthen their decisive role as vaccination providers; (3) broaden the range of vaccinations offered to patients; and (4) improve information given to patients and their knowledge.
All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes
- Public Health, Environmental and Occupational Health
- Preventive vaccination
- Vaccination program
- Vaccination rate