July 15, 2021
Due to demographic developments, the population of older adults
increases in size every year. This ageing population is more
vulnerable to infectious diseases, such as pneumonia and influenza,
which leads to increased mortality in this group. In addition, older
individuals are also less responsive to vaccination, due to the
age-related deregulation of the immune response. The ability of
influenza vaccine, for example, to induce protection has an efficacy
between 70-90% in children and adults, but is dropping to 30-50% in
people over 65 years of age.
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"Vaccines and infectious diseases in ageing population"