The role of life-course immunisation in healthy ageing

Southeast Asia is in varying stages of recognising life-course immunisation as an important part of healthy ageing. A tailored yet concerted approach for countries in Southeast Asia is needed to understand the benefits and facilitate solutions to integrate and encourage uptake of life-course immunisation within healthy ageing programs.

Explore the regional initiatives below in response to the key challenges towards vaccination uptake or click on the individual country tabs to take a deep dive into the challenges and solutions for each country.

Recognising the importance of life-course immunisation

Lack of awareness, cost concerns and disinformation all create barriers to recognising life-course immunisation as an important part of healthy ageing policies. It also impacts effective vaccine administration in countries that already recognise healthy ageing as an important pillar.

Digging deeper into the barriers in Southeast Asia, the EU-ASEAN Business Council and KPMG in Singapore, supported by Sanofi, developed a report to analyse the gaps and challenges in implementing life-course immunisation as part of healthy ageing policies, and laid out the corresponding solutions.

Awareness and education

Awareness about the benefits and positive impact of life-course immunisations are low – not many realise that immunisation not only helps to reduce the risk and severity of infectious diseases but also reduces complications for those with chronic diseases. Life-course immunisation ultimately helps to keep populations healthy and well.

Read the report from the EU-ASEAN Business Council and KPMG in Singapore, supported by Sanofi, to understand the gaps and challenges in implementing life-course immunisation as part of healthy ageing policies.

In addition, the Lee Kuan Yew School of Public Policy and Lloyd’s Register Foundation Institute for the Public Understanding of Risk, supported by Sanofi, have undertaken social insight gathering metrics across Asia Pacific. The study covers general vaccination sentiments and themes observed over time, across both mass- and social- media platforms. These insights detect specific public concerns about individual vaccines, to prompt practical solutions and specific concerns to address in uptake campaigns.

Accessing immunisation across the life-course

For certain countries in the region, an overall lack of public immunisation policy frameworks and implementation can hinder the promotion and funding of immunisation costs. For those that have taken significant strides to formalise and fund a life-course immunisation approach, more can be done to further fund immunisation expansion and uptake.

With a shrinking working population and the higher dependency ratio of the elderly on the working population, more creative methods of financing are also needed as highlighted in a position paper by Sanofi and KPMG, supported by the World Economic Forum.