Symposium on Closing Immunity Gaps in Older Children and Adults Towards Measles and Rubella Elimination: Lessons Learned and Challenges
From May 10-11, 2016, 46 representatives from 23 countries gathered in Siena, Italy, to identify challenges and best practices for achieving high vaccination coverage among older children and adults.
Attendees included measles and rubella focal points from countries National Immunization Programs, Representatives from the U.S. Centers for Diseases Control and Prevention (CDC), the World Health Organization (WHO) and its regional offices as well as civil society leaders from various International Pediatric Associations and Lions Clubs Chapters.
The cornerstone of the agenda was sharing experiences and an exchange of ideas on strategies and tactical measures to close immunity gaps in these age groups from a country-based perspective. In addition, discussions and group exercises focused on experiences with methods for obtaining high-quality data coverage in all age groups, how to identify areas/groups at risk, and implementing effective actions when gaps in immunity are identified.
A coalition of partners supported the meeting, including; American Academy of Pediatrics, CDC, International Pediatric Association, Lions Clubs International Foundation, Sabin Vaccine Institute and WHO.
A meeting report can be found at this link.
Presentations from the meeting can be found at this link.