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2016: Start Making a Difference. 2017: Take it to the Next Level.
It’s been just over a year since the Adult Vaccine Access Coalition (AVAC) launched on Capitol Hill to raise awareness, improve access, and increase utilization of vaccines among adults. Vaccines protect us from a variety of common diseases that can be serious and even deadly. Every year more than 50,000 adults in the United States die—and thousands more suffer serious health problems—from vaccine preventable diseases. Near universal access to immunizations for children was one of the greatest public health accomplishments of the 20th century. AVAC seeks to achieve the same level of success when it comes to immunizations among adults. Here’s a snapshot of our activities over the past year: Read More
The Value and Imperative of Quality Measures for Adult Vaccines
Every year, more than 40,000 U.S. adults are hospitalized or die due to vaccine- preventable diseases. In addition, vaccine-preventable diseases cost the U.S. billions each year. As the U.S. population ages at an unprecedented rate, with 78 million Baby Boomers becoming seniors, improving rates of adult vaccination is a national imperative. Higher vaccination rates among adults reduce clinic visits, the rate of hospitalizations, and the incidence of long-term disability. Nevertheless, adult vaccination rates remain far below national targets. A solution to the challenges facing adult vaccination is appropriate vaccine quality measures. In a new white paper, The Value and Imperative of Quality Measures for Adult Vaccines, renowned vaccine experts — including representatives from the Adult Vaccine Access Coalition — explain how vaccine quality measures can prevent illness and death, reduce caregiving demands, save unnecessary healthcare spending, and set the foundation for healthy aging. The paper urges that adult vaccination quality measures should be included in two national measure developments underway: as part of the implementation of MACRA and the Core Quality Measures Collaborative. Read More
Vaccine Preventable Diseases Cost the U.S. Billions Each Year
The U.S. spends about 26.5 billion annually treating four major vaccine-preventable diseases among US adults.
Out-of-Pocket Costs Influence Medicare Vaccination Rates
Immunization rates for vaccines covered under Medicare Part B are often much higher than vaccines covered under Medicare Part D
AVAC Celebrates Older Americans Month
May is Older Americans Month, a time for honoring and celebrating older adults who have educated us, motivated us, inspired us, and—most importantly—cared for us. Now it’s our chance to redouble our efforts to make sure we care for them. That’s why the Adult Vaccine Access Coalition (AVAC) joined the Administration for Community Living this month to raise awareness about the critical health issues facing older Americans. Read More
Every American Should Have Access to Life-Saving Vaccines
April 2016 is National Minority Health Month and this week marks World Immunization Week. This year’s theme for Minority Health month is “Accelerating Health Equity for the Nation.” Our nation has made important progress in recent years toward increasing immunization rates among all Americans. This is particularly true for children: disparities in childhood vaccination coverage across socio-demographic groups have essentially been eliminated over the past decade. But when it comes to adult immunization, we have not been nearly as successful. Read More
Vaccines Save Lives
Over 20 years, vaccines will prevent 732,000 deaths and 21 million hospitalizations.
Adult Vaccine Rates Are Low
Adult vaccination rates remain low in the US and far below Healthy People 2020 targets.
Our Best Shot: Expanding Prevention through Vaccination in Older Adults
Our Best Shot: Expanding Prevention through Vaccination in Older Adults, which was authored by Richard Manning, Ph.D., partner, Bates White Economic Consulting, LLC, reviews vaccination levels, trends and targets, incidence rates, relevant health insurance coverage policies, and the cost effectiveness literature and other reports that have evaluated vaccine utilization in the older adult population. It then offers analysis of the various barriers that keep older adults from receiving vaccinations, including lack of access to education, financial resources, adequate health care and other factors. It also gives recommendations in three specific areas: information, health care and administrative, and financial. Read More