SAATI - Supporting Active Ageing Through Immunisation – is a dedicated partnership created in 2011 by an expert group of European public health advocates and professionals aimed to encourage comprehensive adult immunisation policies in order to reduce the incidence of vaccine-preventable diseases in Europe.

The SAATI Partnership was set up by stakeholders committed to tackling low public awareness of the risk and burden of vaccine-preventable diseases in older adults in Europe and comprises patients’ and professionals’ associations, clinicians, think tanks, healthy ageing specialists and experts.

As Europe’s population faces increasing demographic and economic challenges, the SAATI partners highlight in their consensus statement that:

  1. There needs to be an assessment of member-state adult vaccination policies and barriers in order to generate an informed discussion and action on preventative vaccination for healthy ageing;
  2. There needs to be a pro-active discussion at the European level on the value of an adult vaccination schedule, involving professional societies, the European Centre for Disease Prevention and Control, the European Union and patient and citizen representatives, with recommendations for adoption at national level; and
  3. Vaccine information should be part of the development of a European health literacy strategy that allows European citizens to better understand the value of vaccines, assess their individual risk in relation to vaccine-preventable illness and manage their own health.

As such, in 2012 SAATI commissioned a research project aimed to develop a EU Report Card consolidating existing research on the incidence of the main vaccine-preventable diseases in Europe and bringing new evidence on the economic benefits of adult vaccination.

The EU Report Card also aims to shed light on the gaps existing in adult immunisation policies in EU Member States and seeks to identify the key determinants for the successful implementation of adult vaccination policies across the EU27.

In 2013, the SAATI Partnership also signed a Memorandum of Understanding with Vaccines Europe, the specialised vaccine industry group within the European Federation of Pharmaceutical Industries and Associations (EFPIA). This will aim to foster collaboration with industry stakeholders on key areas where a public private approach is needed.

About the SAATI EU Report Card

Current societal and financial challenges are demanding a revision of how health budgets are spent with a view to increasing both savings and sustainability. In light of these challenges, the SAATI Partnership will be launching their report on “Adult vaccination: a key component of healthy ageing - Benefits of life-course immunisation in Europe” to raise awareness of the health and socio-economic benefits of a life-course approach to immunisation.

The SAATI commissioned research, that received financial support from Pfizer, provides an overview of the state of adult immunisation in the EU27 and the value of implementing better immunisation policies for the European adult population from a public health and macro-economic perspective.

The report consolidates existing research on the incidence of the main vaccine-preventable diseases in Europe. It sheds light on the gaps existing in adult immunisation policies in EU Member States and identifies the key determinants for the successful implementation of adult vaccination policies across Europe. It also provides practical recommendations to improve vaccination rates in adults. Finally, it includes a snapshot of the adult immunisation policy landscape in each EU Member State, with the aim of helping to facilitate national decision-making.

The full report will be available for download here.

For information about the launch itself, please click here.

To read the Press Release, please click here.

'MEPs Petru Luhan and Rebecca Taylor have called for the creation of a 'health and vaccination platform' to tackle the burden of infectious diseases on European healthcare systems.' Click here for the full article.


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