Adult vaccinations are a core pillar of any preventive health strategy, drastically relieving the burden on our overtaxed acute healthcare system at astonishing cost savings to all levels of government.
This leads to an uncomfortable but inevitable question: why is only 3% of Canada’s older population protected against the easily preventable diseases that pose such a potentially fatal threat?
The impetus for the report comes out of a pressing need to bring attention to critical gaps gaps that are preventing vaccine uptake among seniors, especially against influenza, shingles and pneumonia—the three most common infectious illnesses that account for thousands of preventable hospitalizations and deaths in older people every year.
Medical experts are increasingly sounding an alarm that, if governments continue to under-prioritize their vaccination programs as the COVID-19 pandemic wears on, the results could be disastrous.
This report card provides an objective snapshot of how the government of each province and territory in Canada is currently performing in the priority area of adult vaccination.
Each jurisdiction was graded using a comprehensive rubric of evaluation criteria, including whether they meet or exceed standards set by NACI (National Advisory Committee on Immunization).
Make sure you’re up to date with your vaccines.
Think older adults deserve to get the best-in-class vaccines?
Writing to the elected representatives in the legislative assembly of your province or territory is the best way to make your voice heard.
You have a few options:
- Copy and paste the letter into an email (view the letter by clicking below)
- Use a Google Doc
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Dear <insert name of MPP/MLA>,
I am writing to express my great concern about the lack of coverage for, and access to, the recommended vaccines for older people in <insert province/territory>
Common and preventable illnesses pose a serious threat to seniors, who are at by far the highest risk of hospitalization and death annually from influenza, shingles and pneumonia. In spite of this, the vast majority of older adults are not up to date with their vaccines due to critical gaps in government funding, points of access and public education on the importance of immunization in protecting the health of anyone other than children.
NACI (National Advisory Committee on Immunization) has recommended vaccines that best protect seniors, yet countless of them still go unprotected year over year due to shortfalls in government investment and planning. This cannot be allowed to continue if we are to prevent the ongoing and avoidable loss of life.
The reality is that, as we age, the need to keep vaccinated grows exponentially as our immune systems weaken. Medical experts are increasingly sounding an alarm that, if governments continue to under-prioritize ramping up their vaccination programs as the COVID-19 pandemic wears on, the results could be disastrous. We can’t afford to risk another wave of tragic deaths next year.
As a concerned constituent, I implore you: push our government to invest in my health, and that of all older people in our communities, by prioritizing expanded funding, access and public awareness on adult vaccines.
For many of our most vulnerable, it truly is a matter of life and death.
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CanAge launched this comprehensive policyAdvocacy platform in 2020.
The impetus of this report was “I: Infection Prevention and
Disaster Response” and, specifically, several of its key issues:
Issue #16: Vaccine Uptake and Reform
Issue #17: Prioritize Adult Vaccination During COVID-19
Issue #18: Adult Vaccine Schedule and Uptake Tracking
- Vaccines and Immunization
- Recommended immunization schedules: Canadian Immunization Guide
- Immunize Canada
- Find information, Tools and Facts about Symptoms, Risks and How to Prevent, Treat and Manage Human Diseases and illnesses
- Immunization and Vaccine Awareness Materials
- Canadian Immunization Guide Chapter on Influenza
- Canadian Frailty Network and CanAge: Frequently Asked Vaccination Questions