More Than Two Thirds of Adults May be Missing Out on Vaccinations, Survey Finds

A new survey finds that 68% of adults are not up-to-date with the vaccines recommended for them. This, despite the World Health Organization citing immunization as one of the most powerful and cost-effective interventions in public health.

The survey was conducted by Ipsos MORI and sponsored by British drugmaker GSK Vaccines in Brazil, Germany, India, Italy and the United States.

It found that 15 % of adults believe that vaccinations are only recommended for children and/or babies with 21 % thinking they are only needed for travel purposes.

Almost 3 in 10 adults report not having had any of the vaccines potentially relevant to them within the past five years.

Sixty percent of adults say they have not received public health information on the importance of adult vaccinations.

“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,” said Susanna Esposito, Full Professor at the University of Perugia, Italy, and infectious disease specialist.

GSK is running the Vaccinate for Life global campaign to improve awareness of the importance of vaccination throughout life and encourage more conversations between healthcare professionals and their adult patients about what vaccinations may be available. To find out more about the Vaccinate for Life campaign, visit gsk.to/vaccinateforlife.

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