Given the rapid ageing of the world’s population and with the United Nations Decade of Healthy Ageing in motion, now is the time to prioritize and drive action toward the maintenance and improvement of the health and functional ability of older people. Life in later years can often be dominated by poor health, social isolation, and dependency on care which can have several significant negative consequences for older adults and society as a whole. It also adds further stress to an overburdened healthcare system that negatively impacts the quality and years of life for older people around the world.
While infant and childhood pertussis vaccination programmes are often evident in the national programme, there is an increasing need to recognize the serious complications of pertussis for adults, especially those who are aged 65 years and over.
This webinar aims to bridge the significant gap in knowledge of the life-altering consequences of pertussis and raise awareness of the value of adult pertussis vaccination. It also serves as a platform for knowledge exchange by bringing various perspectives to the forefront so that pertussis is on the agenda for patients, ageing and professional organizations to influence change in adult pertussis vaccination policy and consequently, improve vaccine uptake rates.