Improving vaccine coverage in adolescence and beyond

Michelle Falconer*

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High vaccine coverage is required to ensure population protection, including protection of those that cannot receive vaccines either due to contraindications or age. Despite this, some areas continue to report low vaccine coverage. Reasons for this may vary but can include factors such as difficulties accessing services, conflicting priorities and false contraindications or fear of potential side effects. Population groups with reported low vaccine coverage include pregnant women, adolescents and those aged 70–80 years and eligible to receive the shingles vaccine. The afternoon symposium included presentations from speakers each describing interventions for promoting vaccine uptake in these particular groups. Such interventions may include: • Ensuring effective leadership with clear aims for the delivery and on-going evaluation of the program • Providing health care workers with training and access to factually correct immunization resources • Offering a flexible service with vaccination in venues that are easy to access.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)225-228
Number of pages4
JournalHuman Vaccines and Immunotherapeutics
Issue number1
Publication statusPublished - 2 Jan 2018

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  • adolescents
  • adults
  • pregnant women
  • shingles
  • vaccine coverage


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