Vaccines in older age: moving from current practice to optimal coverage-a multidisciplinary consensus conference

Aging Clin Exp Res. 2020 Aug;32(8):1405-1415. doi: 10.1007/s40520-020-01622-z. Epub 2020 Jun 22.


Vaccines are a key strategy to promote healthy aging, but vaccine coverage remains below target levels in at-risk adults and older individuals. We present here the results of a multidisciplinary consensus conference convened to perform a multidimensional assessment of vaccination in geriatric medicine, with a view to developing a well-defined strategy for the promotion of vaccines in older people. We discuss recommended vaccines in older individuals, and describe the wide regional heterogeneity between regions in the Italian context. The main obstacles to implementation of vaccines in practice are reviewed, as well as potential strategies to remove these barriers. Finally, the importance of including vaccines and vaccination in undergraduate and postgraduate medical education is underlined. The information summarized in this document is expected to help develop educational and promotional initiatives to achieve greater uptake of vaccines among older individuals, as a key means to promote healthy aging.

Keywords: Consensus; Coverage; Old age; Vaccines.

Publication types

  • Review

MeSH terms

  • Aged
  • Aged, 80 and over
  • Consensus
  • Geriatrics*
  • Healthy Aging*
  • Humans
  • Vaccination
  • Vaccines*


  • Vaccines