TORONTO, April 26, 2018 /CNW/ - Despite clinical evidence showing the value of immunization, vaccination rates among adultCanadians are dangerously low, according to a new report from the C.D. Howe Institute. In "Not Just for Kids: How to Improve Adult Vaccination Uptake in Canada," author Colin Busby suggests creating formal approaches for improved adult immunization uptake.
Across the provinces and territories, vaccination rates for preventable diseases like influenza, pertussis (whooping cough) and pneumococcal (pneumonia) are well below national immunization uptake targets of around 80 percent. Better and more regular uptake of vaccines could improve health outcomes of Canadian adults and offset some of the economic challenges of an aging society.
"The insufficient vaccination coverage is a wake-up call in this national immunization awareness week for public health authorities," says Daniel Schwanen, Vice President of Research at the C.D. Howe Institute. "Canadian governments can and should address some of the key reasons that lead adult Canadians to be insufficiently vaccinated."
Three general reasons, known as the "Three Cs," describe the many, complex reasons for the un- and under-vaccinated among us: confidence, complacency and convenience.
"Policymakers must attempt to overcome complacency and confidence, while building on improvements in convenience – from reviewing pharmacists' scope of practice and information tools, to expanding workplace immunization options," Schwanen says.
Utilizing behavioural economic policy design, the report suggests major changes to the way Canadian provinces and territories monitor and ensure uptake of vaccines among adults.
Key recommendations include:
With these targeted recommendations, Canadian provinces and territories will be able to boost vaccination uptake among adults and therefore, improve the well-being of many Canadians.
Click here for the full report.
The C.D. Howe Institute is an independent not-for-profit research institute whose mission is to raise living standards by fostering economically sound public policies. Widely considered to be Canada's most influential think tank, the Institute is a trusted source of essential policy intelligence, distinguished by research that is nonpartisan, evidence-based and subject to definitive expert review.
SOURCE C.D. Howe Institute
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