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Life course vaccination and healthy aging

Authors
  • Gusmano, Michael K.1
  • Michel, Jean-Pierre2
  • 1 State University of New York, Downstate Medical Center, Department of Health Policy and Management, Brooklyn, NY, 11203, USA , Brooklyn (United States)
  • 2 Geneva Medical School and University Hospitals, Department of Rehabilitation and Geriatrics, Thonex-Geneve, Switzerland , Thonex-Geneve (Switzerland)
Type
Published Article
Journal
Aging Clinical and Experimental Research
Publisher
Springer-Verlag
Publication Date
Jun 01, 2009
Volume
21
Issue
3
Pages
258–263
Identifiers
DOI: 10.1007/BF03324907
Source
Springer Nature
Keywords
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Abstract

The authors notice the low vaccine coverage rate among European citizens and inventory the multiple reasons leading to the non-use of preventable infectious diseases vaccines in adults whose mortality consequences represent an important and unexpected burden of diseases. These facts are in close relation with the disruption of vaccine recommendations after the childhood vaccine program, the poor literacy knowledge concerning vaccines among the general population, but also unfortunately among physicians and other health care workers. Popular beliefs, fear of side-effects, fear of needles facilitated the constitution of active non-vaccine groups which conduct to the reappearance in non-vaccinated adults and with dramatic consequences of preventable childhood infectious diseases. This careful analysis of the current preventable infectious disease vaccine coverage in old adults leads to propose a life course vaccine programme including adult vaccinations as part of healthy aging as well as old adults’ vaccine guidelines integrated in health prevention programs.

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