Childhood immunization is recommended and publicized globally, whereas the adult population, which comprises more than 60% of the total population, still suffers from vaccine-preventable diseases due to factors ranging from personal neglect to immunosenescence. This burden is vastly seen in developing nations like India where adults constitute a large chunk of economic productivity.
In a country with about 1.4 billion population, unvaccinated adults act a storehouse of infection spreader to vulnerable sections (read: infants / children, aged). As much as childhood inoculation is important for preventing many diseases, it must be borne in mind that vaccination of adults is equally important for the self and community well-being. The COVID-19 pandemic is a wake-up call to raise awareness of the importance of adult immunization on a war footing.
A private hospital in the city has launched an upgraded Adult Immunization Clinic to help adults comply with the recommended or mandatory vaccination against various endemic and seasonal infections.
It will deliver services to adults and geriatric populations, providing shield against major ailments, including pneumonia, hepatitis A & B, meningitis, varicella, rabies, inactivated poliovirus (IPV), measles, mumps, rubella (MMR), human papillomavirus infection (HPV), tetanus, diphtheria, cancer and influenza, said Dr Sourabh Kole, ITU In-charge& Critical Care expert, Belle Vue Clinic, and Founder President, Indian Society for Adult Immunization,in Kolkata. Adolescents will also come under its wing. The Adult Immunization Clinic, to be attended by senior physicians, will run for three days a week.
Referring to human papillomavirus (HPV), Dr Kole said that various strains of human papillomavirus (HPV) spread through sexual contact and are associated with most cases of cervical cancer. Gardasil 9 is an HPV vaccine, approved by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration, for men & women between 9 & 45.
With the message: “Roll up your sleeve for vaccination to combat micro-organic invasion”, Dr Kole also announced that the Society is planning a course on adult immunization in collaboration with the World Health Organization.