Steering Group published their Manifesto for influenza vaccination in EU

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The Steering Group on Influenza Vaccination has 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 Group’s 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 Françoise Grossetête, 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.