Journal article

Vaccination in people with disability: a review

Jenny O'Neill, Fiona Newall, Giuliana Antolovich, Sally Lima, Margie Danchin

Human Vaccines & Immunotherapeutics | TAYLOR & FRANCIS INC | Published : 2019


People with disabilities are vulnerable to complications from vaccine-preventable diseases, and every effort should be made to ensure equitable access to immunization for this population. This paper aims to summarize the research on immunizations in people with disabilities, in order to ensure a comprehensive understanding of knowledge in this area and direct further research. The literature is weighted towards coverage data that is difficult to synthesize because of the different definitions of disability, and the variety of settings, vaccinations and age groups across the studies. In-depth qualitative data and data from a variety of health-care providers and people with disability is notab..

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Funding Acknowledgements

Jenny O'Neill was funded to undertake this research as part of a PhD with a Research and Training Stipend through The University of Melbourne, Melbourne; and the Developmental Disability and Rehabilitation Research Group Galli Trust through The Murdoch Research Institute, Melbourne; and a grant from DHHS Immunisation Section, Victoria.