European Health Forum Gastein 2016: ECDC workshop discusses life-course vaccination approaches and challenges

Workshop

The aim of this workshop was to prompt reflection among key stakeholders on the benefits and challenges of implementing a life-course approach to vaccination.

When discussing vaccination, it is common to focus on immunisation of children. However, the changes in the EU’s demographic structure, with growing life expectancy, and the contribution of vaccinating older generations to healthy aging, have determined a growing interest in research and strategic approaches to life-course vaccination.

In this context, ECDC organised a workshop at the European Health Forum Gastein (EHFG) 2016 with the aim of prompting reflection among key stakeholders on the benefits and challenges of implementing a life-course approach to vaccination. The workshop took place on 29th September 2016. It was chaired by the ECDC Acting Director Andrea Ammon, and speakers include representatives from the ECDC, the European Commission, the UK Public Health England, the Dutch Ministry of Health and the University Hospital of Grenoble in France

The workshop’s programme featured presentations on the state of play of life-course vaccination in EU countries, knowledge gaps and challenges, ongoing activities at EU level, impact of adult vaccination on healthy aging, and practical experiences from countries in implementing life-course vaccination. Presentations were followed by a panel discussion and a question and answers session.