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Vaccination rates for over 65s too low: experts

Older Australians aren’t getting vaccinated enough and it’s putting them at undue risk.

This is the call from the International Federation on Ageing (IFA), made during the 13th Global Conference on ageing in Brisbane this week. The group said a new approach to adult vaccination in Australia is required.

IFA secretary general Dr Jane Barratt said adult vaccination programs are among the easiest, safest and most cost-effective ways of protecting older people from diseases that can limit their autonomy and functioning, and diminish the important contributions they make for their families and society in general.

“We strongly urge all Australians aged over 65, and their health providers, to look at the evidence. Adult vaccinations save lives,” Barratt said. “Australia, and the world, has an ageing population. We need to take action toward a nation that ages healthily.”

Click below to hear more from Barratt.

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