APH 2005, 63, 185-198:
Pneumococcal vaccination coverage in elderly people in Belgium.
N. Bossuyt, V. Van Casteren
Keywords: 23-valent pneumococcal capsular polysaccharide vaccine, Belgium, family physicians, Streptococcus pneumoniae, vaccination
Background: The 23-valent pneumoccocal vaccine was officially introduced on the Belgian market in 1995. In Belgium national vaccination guidelines (from the Belgian Superior Health Council) include the total elderly population.
Aim & Methods: The aim of the study was to estimate the pneumococcal
Results: Since the official introduction of the vaccine, vaccination rates showed two peak moments (1997 and 2002-2003) and were consistently higher in the southern part of the country. The national vaccination coverage among the elderly population steadily increased up to 29% in 2004.
Conclusion: Less than one third of the eligible elderly people were
vaccinated with the pneumococcal vaccine. As a result of differences in
regional vaccination policies, more elderly people from the southern, French-speaking part of the country were vaccinated than from the northern,
Dutch-speaking part. The overall vaccination coverage among
elderly in Belgium was lower compared to countries that have similar