Vaccine responsiveness in the elderly: Best practice for the clinic

Richard Aspinall, Pierre Olivier Lang

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The success of vaccines developed since the beginning of the 20th century, has enabled the conquest of several childhood diseases preventing death and or disability for millions of children. But, globally, the number of children will soon be surpassed by the number of adults over the age of 65. The active lifestyle of these older individuals, coupled with a degree of immune deficiency recognised within this population will lead to a change in the profile of diseases affecting the elderly. The challenge for policy makers and also those involved in primary healthcare is how to protect this population from communicable diseases and keep them healthy, autonomous and independent when vaccines in the main have been developed for use on children and young adults.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)885-894
Number of pages10
JournalExpert Review of Vaccines
Issue number7
Early online date3 Jun 2014
Publication statusPublished - 2014
Externally publishedYes


  • aging
  • immune profiling
  • immunity
  • immunosenescence
  • vaccination

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Immunology
  • Molecular Medicine
  • Pharmacology
  • Drug Discovery


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