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Beyond childhood: the case for life-course immunisation

19 March 2020
  • Laetitia Bigger Director, Vaccines Policy

This was originally published in Health Awareness UK on Thursday, March 19, 2020.

Is it possible to protect all populations from certain diseases, while keeping health system expenses within a reasonable range? Let’s look at implementing a life-course approach to immunisation…

The global population continues to age. In 2020, children under five years will be outnumbered by people of 60 or more years. This means prevention of disease is becoming more important. A life-course approach to immunisation (LCI) promotes individual and population health, and emphasises the prevention of disease.

So, what exactly is a life-course approach to immunisation? ‘The life-course approach to immunisation recognises the role of immunisation as a strategy to prevent disease and maximise health over one’s entire life, regardless of an individual’s age and includes all populations.’

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