Published: 12 May 2016
Author(s): Lale Ozisik, Mine Durusu Tanriover, Shirley Rigby, Serhat Unal, for the European Federation of Internal Medicine ADVICE Working Group
Issue: May 2016
Section: Review Article

Immunization is one of the most effective public health measures to prevent disease. Despite relatively good vaccination rates in childhood in many parts of the world, vaccines to prevent diseases are underused in the adult population and adult vaccination rates are still far below the target. The European Federation of Internal Medicine (EFIM), declared that ‘internal medicine must focus on better care for individuals, better health care for populations and lower costs’. Adult vaccination is a good example of a public health initiative aimed at reducing morbidity and mortality, but awareness of the need for adult vaccination and uptake of the programs across Europe is variable.

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