World pneumonia day, November 12: "The consequences of pneumonia are underestimated!"
"We invite doctors and citizens to clarify the positive effects of vaccination on the day of action, which is how we can save many lives."
IFA invites all interested parties to share brief news about pneumonia through social networks. "We support this idea because it allows us to reach large areas of the population easily and to protect more people with a suitable vaccine in the future," says Kwetkat. To keep the workload as low as possible, IFA put together a social media calendar. Use text templates, links and images ready to draw attention to the topic. Use the #WorldPneumoniaDay and #VaccinesWork hashtags and @IntFedAgeing tags with @ Vaccines4Life to share your messages.
Against pneumonia: vaccination recommendations for integrated elderly people
In recent years, the DGG vaccination working group has integrated the STIKO recommendations with specific recommendations for the elderly. "For a long time it has been misunderstood that the immune system of old patients reacts differently to vaccinations than younger patients," says Dr. Anja Kvetkat. The knowledge of immune senescence in the elderly and in the elderly with multimorbidity should always be considered in the vaccination recommendations. "Influenza vaccines and pneumococcus are a powerful team against pneumonia," says Kwetkat. At this time at the start of the flu season, the patient's vaccination status should again be checked in principle. "It's the perfect opportunity to close existing choices, both family doctors and patients have a duty here," says Kwetkat.
The vaccination DGG AG has the current vaccination recommendations of STIKO for the turn of the year 2018/2019 especially for the elderly as a PDF file together with geriatriespezifischen added information.