WORKING GROUP ON INFLUENZA VACCINATIONS


MEMBERS OF THE WORKING GROUP

 
       
➡️   Mira Kojouharova,  Consultant Epidemiologist, National Centre of Infectious and Parasitic Diseases, Bulgaria
➡️   Hanna Nohynek, Chief Physician, Infectious Disease Control and Vaccinations Unit Department of Health Security, National Institute for Health and Welfare THL Helsinki, Finland
➡️   Simon de LusignanProfessor of Primary Care and Clinical Informatics, University of Oxford, Nuffield Department of Primary Care, Director, Royal College of General Practitioners Research and Surveillance Centre, United Kingdom
➡️   Steffen Amann, Director of Professional Development - European Association of Hospital Pharmacist (EAHP), Belgium
➡️   Tilen Kozole, Vice President of European Affairs, European Pharmaceutical Students' Association (EPSA), Belgium
➡️   Radovan BogdanovicProfessor of Pediatrics & Pediatric Nephrologist, Paediatric Association of Serbia, Republic of Serbia
➡️    Roy Philip,  Consultant Neonatologist & Adjunct Professor of Neonatology, University Maternity Hospital Limerick GEMS, University of Limerick, Ireland
➡️   Barbara Rath, Pediatric Consultant and Infectious Disease Specialist, Chair of the Vienna Vaccines Initiative, Germany
➡️   Dace Zavadska, Paediatric Infectious Diseases Specialist, Head of Children Vaccination Centre under Children Clinical University Hospital, Riga, Latvia
➡️   Catherine Weil-OlivierHonorary Professor of Pediatrics and Independent Expert, Paris VII University, France
➡️   Paolo Bonanni, Full Professor of Hygiene in the Faculty of Medicine and the Director of the Specialization School for MDs in Hygiene and Preventive Medicine at the University of Florence, Italy
➡️   Gertraud Daye, Board Member of the NGO Committee on Ageing, UN, Vienna, Austria
➡️   Lieke Sanders, Professor in Pediatric Immunology & Infectious Diseases at Utrecht
University Medical Centre and Chief Scientific Officer at the Institute of Public health and the Environment, Netherlands
➡️   Elena MoyaCo-ordinator for Europe and Africa - COMO - Confederation of Meningitis Organisations, Spain
➡️   Gary Finegan, Editor, 7/11 - Vaccines Today, Ireland
➡️   Philippe de Wals, Professor and Director of the Department of Social and Preventive Medicine at Laval University, Quebec, Professor and Director of the Department of Social and Preventive Medicine at Laval University, Quebec, Canada
➡️   Carlo Signorelli, Professor of Hygiene and Public Health at the University of Parma and at the University Vita-Salute San Raffaele of Milan and Director of the Post-Graduate School in Hygiene and Preventive Medicine. Italy
➡️   Daphne Holt, Chair, Coalition for Life-Course Immunisation (CLCI), France
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  Kare Molbak, Executive vice president, Statens Serum Institut. Professor, Faculty of Health and Medical Sciences, University of Copenhagen, Director, State Epidemiologist, Department of Infectious Disease Epidemiology, Statens Serum Institut, Denmark

 


THE 2019 MEETING REPORT

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SUGGESTED ACTION PLAN FOR 2020/2021

The action plan is a work in progress. We are currently collecting ideas and suggestions from all stakeholders and members on specifics campaigns that will be implemented in collaboration with the participating organisations and any other who wishes to contribute. 

Target 1: Overcome Continuing Low Levels of HCP Influenza Vaccine Uptake to Offer Direct Protection and Encourage the Public to be Vaccinated 
Need: Low levels of influenza coverage are still observed among health care professionals (HCPs) and this observation may significantly influence influenza vaccine uptake in the general population.   Picture_1.png

 

Proposed Actions: A Hospital campaign specifically targeted to healthcare professionals to promote HCP uptake and limit the spread of Influenza. A campaign is needed to increase vaccination rates among healthcare professionals by providing badges to those that were vaccinated would be a simple step to help increase rates and publicise HCP support for vaccines.

 

Target 2:  Make GPs, Pharmacists and Nurses Play a Larger Role in Increasing Influenza Vaccination Uptake Through Advocacy.

Need:1) General Practitioners (GPs) often show a lack of knowledge about influenza, they do not perceive that it is their responsibility to inform the patient about the benefits of influenza vaccines and they support only mandatory immunization. 2) Pharmacists are arguably the most accessible healthcare point in Europe and should be better utilized to increase influenza vaccination uptake. 3) Nurses are thought to play a bigger role in promoting vaccination with high-risk groups.

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  Proposed Actions: Three separate, but linked, free-to-attend online training courses developed for GP’s, Pharmacists and Nurses. The first two modules of each training course would be Healthcare Professional need specific, with the third module a combined training for GP’s, Pharmacists and Nurses on how to better work together and complement each other's work in increasing influenza vaccinations.
Target 3: Develop a Universal European Vaccination Register for Vaccines

Need: Improved Registers as part of healthcare routines and statutory notification systems (infectious disease) should be supported and developed to gain a better understanding of vaccine uptake and coverage across borders. There is also a clear need for a data exchange protocol between non GPs vaccines. Pharmacy vaccination and school vaccination are often not updated on GP’s record  and that’s why there is a need for improved protocols and a centrally coordinated register.

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  Proposed ActionsA dedicated Expert Working Group on how HCPs can support the development of a universal vaccination register across Europe. Development of an example best-practice approach and protocol on how vaccination information should be shared across GPs, pharmacies, schools based vaccine programmes and all those who administer vaccinations to help all countries work towards a centrally coordinated register system.
Target 4:  Directly Counter the Anti-vaccination Campaigns
Need: There’s a need to better use e-learnings and the effective use of social media and Twitter in order to go against the Anti-vaccination campaigns. People should be better informed by health care professionals about vaccines, antiviral therapies. This should be coupled with Media campaigns and publicity, through TV, posters and advertisements, regarding the benefits of the influenza vaccines.  

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  Proposed Actions: Formation of a Pro-vaccine panel of healthcare professionals who have been trained on how to effectively use social media channels to actively counter the Anti-vaxxer activities that are currently taking place online. In particular: 1) A dedicated campaign to arm young healthcare professionals with the skills to counter misinformation on Social Media. 2) Training and mobilising all interested HCPs to engage on Social Media to fight Vaccine Misinformation through a free-to-view modular online training course series of practical webinars.



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