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Integration of vaccination of older adults in a life course programme 

Integration of vaccination of older adults in a life course programme
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Integration of vaccination of older adults in a life course programme
Author(s):

Jean-Pierre Michel

, Pierre-Olivier Lang

, and Richard Aspinall

DOI:
10.1093/med/9780198701590.003.0089
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date: 23 August 2019

Vaccines represent the medical intervention that has yielded the greatest benefit on human health and longevity. By focusing on life course immunization, it appears easy to demonstrate how child, adolescent, and younger adult vaccinations have impacted on and lowered the burden of vaccine preventable infectious diseases in older populations. Many epidemiological examples from influenza, pertussis, and pneumococcal vaccinations in young age groups testify the importance of community protection at the level of oldest adults, a population who exhibit immunosenescent defects. In parallel, the low vaccine coverage rate of healthcare workers disadvantages their old patients as much as themselves and their relatives. Thus, a vaccination programme focusing only on old adults will never really be effective if the global population does not recognize that infection threats persist all over the world.

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