It has been estimated that vaccination saves almost 6 million lives worldwide every year. Vaccines are also cost-effective, calculated to save tens of billions of dollars annually. Yet vaccine-preventable diseases – which affect the youngest and the oldest disproportionately – continue to affect the health of many people around the world, including in Europe.
There is a clear case for adult immunisation. In England, the influenza vaccine averts between 180,000 and 626,000 cases of influenza a year and helps save between 5,678 and 8,800 lives. Vaccinations at once benefit individuals and prevent the spread of epidemics.
However, despite the clear case for widespread vaccination coverage, uptake is not as high as it might be. In 2017, Jean-Claude Juncker, President of the European Commission, called in his State of the Union address for action to increase coverage and ensure that everyone in the EU has access to vaccines.
In this webinar, Lily Parsey will outline the progress, as well as the emerging risk factors in preventing infectious diseases over the last 100 years, since the end of the Spanish flu pandemic. She will discuss what this means for public policy and what role governments and the public can and should play in preventing the outbreak of a future infectious disease pandemic.
David Sinclair will focus the debate on the role of technology in increasing adult vaccination coverage and uptake, drawing on a new report that ILC will be launching on 30th April. David will present the report findings, as well as key considerations for policymakers, leading into a discussion on how the use of technology can help and/or hinder the uptake of adult immunisation, moderated by Jane Barratt.