Steering Group calls for action in fighting influenza

From Drug Discovery Today - March 13, 2018

On Monday 12th March 2018 the Steering Group on Influenza Vaccination released their Manifesto calling for more action to increase seasonal influenza vaccination coverage rates in Europe to reduce the unacknowledged burden of this disease.

The Steering Group has outlined their recommendations for strategies to improve influenza vaccination coverage rates across Europe. The Steering Group is calling for EU and national policy-makers, communities and organisations that represent people most impacted by influenza to increase influenza vaccination coverage in three ways: highlighting the burden of influenza and the role of vaccination; increasing awareness of influenza and improving public trust in vaccination; and improving the exchange of good practice and inter-professional collaboration at local and European level.

The Steering Groups Manifesto outlines recommendations for the implementation of the strategies to improve vaccination coverage rates and calls for the public health community to come together to support this.

The Steering Group is led by co-chairs Franoise Grossette, Member of the European Parliament and Prof Thomas Szucs, Director, European Centre of Pharmaceutical Medicine at University of Basel and is made up of eight other representatives including patient groups, healthcare professionals and academics.

The Manifesto and the work of the Steering Group resonates strongly with both the latest European Commission Roadmap to Strengthen Cooperation Against Vaccine Preventable Diseasesand the European Parliaments ongoing discussions around a resolution in support of vaccination. There has been a lack of sustained pressure to improve vaccination coverage rates in recent years but there is now momentum to drive real change and reduce the burden of influenza across Europe, with communities coming together to tackle the avoidable impact of influenza.

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