The Working Group aims to discuss the evidence on influenza in two dimensions; 1) vaccinations could be beneficial either for patients infected by SARS-COV-2 directly and 2) by reducing unnecessary hospitalizations this year helping to maintain health systems capacity and resilience. The group will also explore all aspects related to an increased demand for influenza vaccinations, from the behaviours driving the demand for the availability of vaccines.
INFLUENZA VACCINATIONS FOR THE NEXT SEASON SHOULD BE THE PRIORITY FOR ALL COUNTRIES
Friday 4th December 2020 (13:00-15:00)
Chair: Sir Terence Stephenson
Examining Interactions Between Seasonal Influenza and COVID-19 and The practicalities of COVID and Flu Vaccines Together (10 minutes)
COVID Vaccine Update - Can and Should Influenza Vaccines be Delivered at the Same Time as a COVID-19 Vaccine? (10 minutes)
Lessons Learned from Previous Influenza Seasons to Enhance Vaccine Uptake in the Epidemic. (10 minutes)
Parental Perception of Influenza and Flu Vaccinations in Romania - Reviewing the Latest Results from 13,000 Survey Responses (10 minutes)
- Discussion Point 1
Influenza Vaccines Are More Important than Ever. Yet No Country is above the 75% Target Rate and is Any Case Are Recent Increases in Coverage Sustainable.
How can we make sure that an increased uptake in influenza vaccines is sustainable in the long-term and not just a short-term trend for this year only?
Discussion Point 2
Healthcare Worker Influenza Vaccination Rates are More Critical Than Ever to Protect Themselves and Their Patients - Especially So As Risk Factors for COVID are the Same as seasonal influenza.
How we can best communicate Influenza Vaccinations navigating through the tectonic changes in behaviours, attitudes and awareness among people and healthcare professionals?
We need your views and ideas on the various challenging issues that will be discussed.
Commenters: ● Roman Prymula ● Gary Finnegan (Vaccines Today) ● Elisabeth Sanders (RVIM) ● Jess McNamara (EPSA) ● Barbara Rath (ViVI) ● Anna Odone ● Hanna Noynek (THL) ● Daniela Quaggia (ACN) ● Peggy Maguire (EIWH) ● Roy Philip ● Catherine Weil Olivier ● Elena Moya (CoMO) ● George Syrogiannopoulos
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We need your views and ideas on the various challenging issues that will be discussed. By utilising our collective experience we will not only overcome the current crisis but we will make sure that all are protected against all vaccine-preventable diseases.