WORKING GROUP ON VARICELLA VACCINATIONS


MEMBERS OF THE WORKING GROUP

 
       
➡️   Terence Stephenson, Nuffield Professor of Child Health. UCL Great Ormond Street Institute of Child Health, University College London. Honorary Consultant Paediatrician, UCLH and Great Ormond Street Hospital. Chair, Health Research Authority for England, United Kingdom
➡️   Anna Odone, Associate Professor of Public Health - Director of the School of Public Health, Vita-Salute San Raffaele University Milan, Italy
➡️   Dace Zavadska, Paediatric Infectious Diseases Specialist, Head of Children Vaccination Centre under Children Clinical University Hospital, Riga, Latvia
➡️   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
➡️   Francisco Gimenez-Sanchez, 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
➡️   Zsofia Meszner, Director of Methodology, Paediatrician and Specialist in Infectious Diseases, National Institute of Paediatrics Heim Pal, Hungary
➡️   Simon de Lusignan,  Professor 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
➡️   Irena Bralic, Associate Professor of Pediatrics, University of Split, School of Medicine, Croatia
➡️   Mihai Craiu, Professor of Pediatrics, Carol Davila University of Medicine, Bucharest, Romania
➡️   Vytautas Usonis,  Professor of Paediatrics at Clinic of Paediatrics, Institute of Clinical Medicine, Faculty of Medicine, Vilnius University, Lithuania
➡️   Timo Vesikari, Professor Emeritus of Virology and Paediatrics, Director of Vaccine Research Center, Finland

 


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 Vaccine Hesitancy Towards Varicella Vaccinations Across Europe through HCP Education

Need: Vaccine hesitancy is growing and pharmacists, GPs and physicians must play a critical role in trying to convince undecided or wavering parents to vaccinate their children. Pharmacists along with GPs and other healthcare workers need to be better at convincing the parents that vaccination and medication are here to do good and cause no harm.

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  Proposed Actions – A dedicated educational campaign designed to make HCPs better understand that they are the trusted and preferred agents of change. HCPs should aim to have the tools, information and communication skills, along with sharing real stories to increase vaccination uptake.
Target 2: Improve the Use of Social Media by Authorities and HCPs to Effectively Engage with the Public

Need: Anti-vaccination activity and material on social media is rife, yet public health authorities and HCPs have been slow to fight back. HCPs must better utilize social media to overcome the lack of communication between the doctors and the public - especially as three out of four patients google their symptoms before visiting a physician.

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Proposed Actions: Development of Infotainment (graphics and videos and other interactive tools) to be utilized by HCPs and the public directly. As well as gamification (information about vaccines in general) that can be given to the children but in a more fun and enthusiastic way regarding vaccines.

Target 3:  A Unified European Approach and Policy Covering Both Coverage and Optimum Dose Interval for the Two Dose Vaccine.

Need: Increased coverage universally across Europe is needed to guarantee varicella vaccination effectiveness. All countries must commit to implementing two doses of the vaccine, as well as agree on the optimum dose interval.

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Proposed Actions – A dedicated Policy Working Group formed to agree on the adoption of the two doses of the vaccine, as well as agreeing on optimum dose interval and whether it should be shortened from current recommendations.

         



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