Towards a position paper and roadmap of actions
ESWI’s 2018 Summit will be dedicated to the issue of childhood influenza vaccination. Thanks to the many high-quality meetings we have organized on this topic in the past two years (mainly in close collaboration with our partner organizations), we feel the key scientific opinion leaders have now reached a scientific consensus on the benefits of vaccinating children against flu. To seize this momentum, now is the time to formalize this consensus, i.e. to develop a widely accepted position paper.
A second intended outcome of the summit is a roadmap of urgent actions: communication campaigns about the benefits of influenza vaccination to all different target groups, collecting (additional) evidence to demonstrate the benefits of paediatric vaccination, actions to convince policy makers to reimburse the vaccine, recommendations on universal vaccination of children, strategies to inform the public at large… To reach these objectives, ESWI will bring together key opinion leaders from all EU Member States: members of GP organizations, paediatric organizations and key opinion leaders in paediatrics, public health officials, regulatory authorities and academic influenza researchers.