Many adults missing out on vaccinations

Amy Schofield 08 November 2017

A new survey conducted by Ipsos MORI and sponsored by GSK Vaccines in Brazil, Germany, India, Italy and the U.S. finds that 68% of adults are not up-to-date with the vaccines recommended for them.

Despite the World Health Organization citing immunisation as one of the most powerful and cost-effective interventions in public health, the survey found that almost three in 10 adults report not having had any of the vaccines potentially relevant to them within the past five years.

GSK has launched the Vaccinate for Life campaign to improve awareness of the importance of vaccination throughout life and encourage better discussions between adults and healthcare professionals on vaccination.
Findings from the Vaccinate for Life survey of 6002 adults aged 18 years and over, carried out across five countries, also found that:
- 15% of adults believe that vaccinations are only recommended for children and/or babies
- 21% think that vaccines are only needed for travel purposes
- 60% of adults say they have not received public health information on the importance of adult vaccinations.

Findings from the Vaccinate for Life survey show that when asked to consider why they are not up-to-date, people cite lack of recommendations and/or discussion from their doctor or nurse about the need for vaccines in adult life. They say that they would find a range of information sources useful to help them understand, record and track the vaccinations which may be relevant to them.

Other key findings from the Vaccinate for Life survey include:
- a difference in public opinion surrounding the value of keeping up to date with vaccinations throughout adult life, with 26% of adults agreeing that this is not something which they consider to be of value.
- 53% of adults agree that although achieving a healthy lifestyle is important, they are more likely to prioritise other health services over vaccination.

Susanna Esposito, Full Professor at the University of Perugia, Italy, and infectious disease specialist, said: "Vaccination is not something you outgrow. As we age, so does our immune system and we become more susceptible to infectious diseases which could be prevented through vaccination. It is important that HCPs are aware of the possible benefits of adult vaccination and discuss it with their patients."

Dr. Thomas Breuer, Chief Medical Officer, GSK Vaccines, said: "What the Vaccinate for Life survey shows us is that adults need more information on the vaccines relevant to them to help them be more proactive in discussing their vaccination needs with their healthcare professional."


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