Did you know that you could take #VaccinAction in 2022 and talk to your healthcare professional today?
Vaccinations are effective and important at any age - they protect people, families, societies and healthcare systems.
Diseases such as meningitis, diphtheria, pneumococcal disease, influenza and other vaccine preventable diseases can have serious and potentially long-term consequences.
Did you know that:
- Meningitis kills 1 in every 10 adults affected – even with quick diagnosis and treatment. 20% of survivors have long term neurological impairments which can require lifelong care.
- Influenza can increase the risk of having a heart attack or stroke up to 10 times even in people without an underlying illness.
- Pneumococcal disease is responsible for approximately 230,000 deaths in Europe, annually. Pneumococcal disease is contagious, meaning it spreads from person to person. It can lead to different kinds of health problems — including serious infections in the lungs, lining of the brain and spinal cord, and blood.
- People living with diabetes are 3-6 times more likely to be hospitalized due to influenza.
- Diphtheria kills 1 in 10 people who contract it.
Individuals taking #VaccinAction and talking to their healthcare professionals is vital but institutions must also step up to support a life-long culture around immunisation. Institutions must:
- Support healthcare professionals to ensure that all individuals are urged to consider their vaccine status.
- Reduce health inequalities by ensuring that all adults are aware of their vaccine eligibility.
- Increase funding and ensure effective implementation of National Immunisation Plans to protect vulnerable people and healthcare systems.
- Ensure coverage targets for adult vaccination are in line with childhood targets and recognise the role that civil society organisations play in prioritising a life-long immunisation culture.
Let’s drive #VaccinAction in 2022.
The campaign #VaccinAction 2022 has been developed in the framework of the VaccinAction Project
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List of References
1. Benefits of vaccination for individuals. European vaccination information portal
2. Sourya Shrestha, Betsy Foxman, Joshua Berus, Willem G van Panhuis, Claudia Steiner, Cécile Viboud, Pejman Rohani (2015). The role of influenza in the epidemiology of pneumonia
3. Dominic C. Marshall, Ross J. Goodson, Yiwang Xu, Matthieu Komorowski, Joseph Shalhoub, Mahiben Maruthappu & Justin D. Salciccioli (2018). Trends in mortality from pneumonia in the Europe union: a temporal analysis of the European detailed mortality database between 2001 and 2014
4. Factsheet about pneumococcal disease. European Centre for Disease Prevention and Control
5. Young June Choe, Michael A Smit, Leonard A Mermel (2019). Seasonality of respiratory viruses and bacterial pathogens