Adult vaccination in 11 Central European countries - Calendars are not just for children

Roman Chlibek, Ioana Anca, Francis André, Milan Čižman, Inga Ivaskeviciene, Atanas Mangarov, Zsófia Mészner, Penka Perenovska, Marko Pokorn, Roman Prymula, Darko Richter, Nuran Salman, Pavol Šimurka, Eda Tamm, Goran Tešović, Ingrid Urbancikova, Dace Zavadska, Vytautas Usonis

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Abstract

As Europe's population ages, disease morbidity and treatment costs in the adult population are likely to rise substantially, making this a pertinent time to review and revise preventive strategies such as vaccination. Vaccine uptake remains a problem for adults and there is a lack of coordinated programmes for vaccination of adults. Countries in Western Europe have begun to identify the need to increase adult vaccination, but the situation in Central European countries remains poorly identified and inadequately described. This paper summarises the evidence to support the development of an adult vaccination calendar in the Central European Vaccination Awareness Group (CEVAG) member countries (Bulgaria, Croatia, the Czech Republic, Estonia, Hungary, Latvia, Lithuania, Romania, Slovakia, Slovenia and Turkey). CEVAG recommends the introduction of an adult vaccination calendar, which should include vaccination against diseases that represent a large burden in adults in terms of mortality and morbidity. This calendar could be modified to meet the priorities of individual countries.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)1529-1540
Number of pages12
JournalVaccine
Volume30
Issue number9
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 21 Feb 2012

Keywords

  • Adult
  • Calendar
  • Central Europe
  • Vaccination

Field of Science

  • 3.2 Clinical medicine
  • 3.3 Health sciences

Publication Type

  • 1.1. Scientific article indexed in Web of Science and/or Scopus database

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