Country meeting
(Florence, December 2023)

Adult Immunization in Italy: successes, lessons learned and the way forward

Meeting Objectives

    • Provide an overview of the epidemiology and disease burden of VPI among adults in Italy. Explain the functioning of infectious disease surveillance and control programs in Italy
    • Provide an overview of the healthcare system in Italy and review how (adult) immunization programs are structured within the Italian health care system. Explain the evaluation and market authorization process of (adult) vaccines in Italy
    • Present the Italian Lifetime Immunization Schedule and provide an overview of the new National Immunization Plan (PNPV 2023-25), discuss the decision-making process and criteria according to which vaccines are evaluated and included
    • Discuss the purchase, distribution and financing of adult vaccines
    • Explore the organization and delivery of adult vaccination services in different regions of Italy
    • Discuss the recording and reporting of vaccination data in Italy, including coverage rate monitoring and the national registry, as well as vaccine impact monitoring and vigilance practices
    • Analyze the population’s vaccination demand and acceptance, addressing issues such as vaccine confidence and compulsory vaccination policies for specific adult population groups
    • Present the strategies and programs implemented in Italy to vaccinate specific adult population groups, highlighting the challenges and opportunities
    • Explore future prospects and potential solutions to overcome barriers and enhance adult immunization efforts in Italy and other European countries

Intended impact and Target Audience

AIB country meetings are organized to discuss country specific aspects of adult immunization together with local experts. For these meetings, the AIB invites local academics, health care professionals, public health representatives and policy makers to present on adult immunization strategies implemented in the country, as well as educational and communicative initiatives aimed at increasing adult vaccine acceptance and coverage rates.

The aim of these meetings is to establish a collaborative network of national experts of different fields, creating a platform for the exchange of knowledge and best practices in adult immunization.

Background document

Background document
The background document contains background information on the topic of the meeting, a selection of scientific references and abstracts related to the different presentations.

Agenda

         Wednesday, 6 December 2023

     SESSION 1: Opening, Introduction and Objectives 
     Chairs: Pierre Van Damme and Paolo Bonanni

     SESSION 2: Current situation: Epidemiology, Burden of Disease and Surveillance of adult VPI in Italy
     Chairs: Pierre Van Damme and Paolo Bonanni

  • Adult VPI in Italy: surveillance, epidemiology and burden of disease (focus on COVID-19, Influenza, Pneumococcus, RSV, Tdap, Zoster) / Patrizio Pezzotti

     SESSION 3: Healthcare System and the Adult Immunization Plan in Italy
    Chairs: Robert Steffen and Aparna Keegan

     SESSION 4: The implementation, organization, delivery, monitoring and evaluation of adult vaccination

         4.1 Procurement, distribution, financing, organization and delivery of adult vaccination services in       
         different regions of Italy, highlighting the challenges and opportunities

         Chairs: Javier Díez-Domingo and Heini Salo

         4.2 Discuss the recording and reporting of vaccination data in Italy, including coverage rate monitoring and the   
         national registry, vaccine impact monitoring and vigilance practices

        Chairs: Birgit Weinberger and Roman Chlíbek

         Thursday, 7 December 2023

         4.3 Analyze the population’s vaccination demand and acceptance, addressing issues such as vaccine confidence     
         and mandatory vaccination policies

        Chairs: Thomas Weinke and Odile Launay

     SESSION 5: Adult vaccination in Italy in specific population groups
     Chairs: Per Ljungman and Ligita Jancoriene

     SESSION 6: Summary of the meeting

  • Breakout Groups
  • Plenary feedback

     SESSION 7: Meeting summary, final discussion and closing remarks