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The Coalition for Life-Course Immunisation (CLCI) is a diverse network of expert individuals and associations representing public health, patients, academics and health professionals from across Europe.

We are committed to preventing infectious disease over the life-course by highlighting the benefits of wide-scale immunisation to our peers and to policy-makers.

Vaccines are not just for children – CLCI believes that vaccines are an important part of daily life at all ages and stages.

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The members of CLCI call on all stakeholders to ensure that they, their families and colleagues are immunised with all vaccines recommended for their stage of life – from infants to grandparents, from captains of industry to the shop floor, healthcare professionals, pregnant mothers, travellers, those suffering from chronic conditions – all are vulnerable because disease-causing bacteria and viruses know no boundaries.

Healthcare professionals remain the most trusted source of information on vaccines. By proactively advocating for immunisation, healthcare professionals can help to restore public confidence in immunisation.  

We hope the resources and information on this site will empower you to engage with the public and policy-makers to ensure optimal vaccine coverage.


Manifesto for 2020 “A Vision for a Life-Course Approach to Vaccination”

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The Coalition for Life-Course Immunisation (CLCI) is happy to announce its manifesto for 2020. It has long been recognised that vaccination is a public good, today, more than 100 million children worldwide are vaccinated annually against diseases such as diphtheria, tetanus, pertussis, tuberculosis, polio, measles and hepatitis B.

The Coalition believes that vaccines are not just for children but are an important part of health management and well-being at all ages and stages of life and calls for a holistic approach when designing programmes.

The CLCI will deliver its strategy through three core methods for action; evidence-based information, tailored communication, and collaboration, and offers 7 steps to improving life-course vaccination in Europe.

The CLCI members encourage you to read the manifesto and its accompanying position paper “Powering protection for all by a collaborative approach to enhancing vaccine coverage”, and to use the seven steps when designing programmes to increase the uptake of vaccinations across the life-course.

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    The Coalition for Vaccination’s advocacy campaign

    The Coalition for Vaccination’s advocacy campaign to promote the uptake of vaccines among healthcare professionals and their patients was launched online across Europe on 20 April 2020 to coincide with European Immunization Week. The Coalition for Vaccination, of which CLCI is an associate member, was convened by the European Commission in 2019 and brings together nearly 20 European associations of healthcare professionals and relevant student associations in the field. 
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    2020 World Meningitis Day Friday 24th April

    Nadia VaenerbergCommunications and Projects Manager, Confederation of Meningitis Organisations This World Meningitis Day, CLCI are joining a global community committed to #DefeatMeningitis World Meningitis Day falls in European Immunisation Week, and it's a time to highlight how #VaccinesWork for all so we can combat the resurgence of vaccine-preventable diseases and support healthcare systems – particularly important in this global coronavirus pandemic.  
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    An ‘Immunization Week’ like no other

    by Gary Finnegan (Editor of Vaccines Today and a trustee of CLCI. This article appeared on VaccinesToday.eu) This year’s World Immunization Week takes place against the backdrop of a global pandemic which threatens to compromise routine vaccination just as the demand for vaccines soars. The tragic irony of public sentiment towards vaccination has always been that successful immunization campaigns dampen demand for vaccines. ‘Vaccines are a victim of their own success,’ it is often said. 
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    Immunisation is for life

    The first CLCI blog has been prepared by Gary Finnegan, Editor of Vaccines Today

    Vaccines help to keep us healthy throughout our lives – life-course immunisation is graining momentum in public health policy

    What comes to mind when you think of vaccination? If the answer is infant immunisation against measles, polio or pertussis, you are only partially right. The days when vaccines were just for kids is long gone. Today, immunisations are recommended throughout life, protecting us against infectious diseases. 

    Take adolescence, for example. The HPV vaccine, typically given to young people aged 12 and 13 years, provides substantial protection against cervical cancer, genital warts and several other diseases caused by human papilloma viruses.

    In some countries, catch-up campaigns are reaching out to adolescents and young adults who missed out on their two MMR vaccines. Meningitis vaccination is offered to teenagers in several countries and regions, helping reduce their risk of death and serious illness from a deadly disease.

    Vaccines are also strongly recommended by experts – including the WHO, national health authorities and medical professionals – during pregnancy. Flu and whooping cough/pertussis vaccines, for example, are offered to women, helping to keep them and their babies healthy.

    Adults can avail of travel vaccines before jetting off to exotic locations on holiday or business. And, should you work in a healthcare setting, the chances are that you’ll be offered immunisations to protect you and vulnerable people from infectious diseases like influenza.

    Older people are another key target group for vaccination against flu, pneumococcal disease and shingles in several EU countries.

    This message is beginning to take hold among health experts and policymakers. Italy’s revamped ‘Calendar for Life’ is among the most comprehensive in the world. In revising its calendar to incorporate the latest scientific evidence, scientific societies worked with government officials to develop a fresh approach that offers protection to people of all ages.

    A comprehensive report published last year called on the EU to embrace vaccination for citizens of all ages. It highlighted the benefits to individuals, public health and the socioeconomic impact of embracing a life-course approach to vaccination.

    As national governments and European leaders focus on maintaining a healthy population – and collaborate through the Joint Action on Vaccination – now is the moment to come together to ensure that all citizens benefit from the protective power of vaccination.

    The CLCI will play an active role in raising awareness of life-course immunisation by engaging with decision-makers and the wider public to shift perceptions.

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