Vaccination in an ageing world: Listening to older people

Mar 8, 2019 | EVENT

Date: Tuesday, 21 May 2019
Time: 12.00pm (light lunch) for 12.30pm to 2.00pm
Location: The Room Henry Dunant, International Museum of the Red Cross and Red Crescent, Avenue de la Paix 17, 1202 Genève


  • Baroness Sally Greengross, ILC
  • Dan Holden, ILC
  • Islene Araujo de Carvalho, WHO
  • Martin Friede, WHO
  • Jane Barratt, IFA
  • Laura Tamblyn Watts, CARP

On 21 May, the ILC launched a new report called Under the skin: Listening to the voices of older people on influenza immunisation. The event was held as a side event of the World Health Assembly in Geneva The research is based on interviews with older people in Australia, Japan, the UK and Canada, with a particular focus on influenza immunisation. It will highlight the gaps that need to be addressed to achieve a better protection of older adults against influenza through vaccination. The aim of the research and our discussion on the day was to ensure that the voice of older people informs work to improve the uptake of adult vaccination, specifically in relation to influenza. This research and debate fed into a range of international, regional, and national policy priority areas including:

  • Anti-microbial resistance
  • Vaccine hesitancy
  • WHO post-2020 strategy on vaccination
  • WHO 2018-2030 global strategy for influenza
  • WHO upcoming new influenza position paper
  • Interest in the development of improved flu vaccines for older adults

The ILC report and event has been supported by Sanofi.  

Please see below for the slides of the event: