September 25, 2017

AVAC Spotlight: Creative Solutions Addressing Vaccine Disparities

Annie Fedorowicz, Adolescent and Adult Immunization Coordinator, Minnesota Department of Health Despite the many health benefits recommended vaccines provide, adult immunization rates in the United States are much lower than they should be and lag far behind Healthy People 2020 goals. This troubling trend is exacerbated when it comes to at-risk populations – including seniors, communities of color, limited English …

September 25, 2017

RE: Medicare and Medicaid Programs: CY 2018 Home Health Prospective Payment System Rate Update and Proposed CY2019 Case-Mix Adjustment Methodology Refinements; Home Health Value-Based Purchasing Model; and Home Health Quality Reporting Requirements

September 25, 2017 Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services Department of Health and Human Services Attention: CMS-1672-P P.O. Box 8016 Baltimore, MD 21244-8016 RE: Medicare and Medicaid Programs: CY 2018 Home Health Prospective Payment System Rate Update and Proposed CY2019 Case-Mix Adjustment Methodology Refinements; Home Health Value-Based Purchasing Model; and Home Health Quality Reporting Requirements To Whom It May Concern: …

August 15, 2017

Recognizing Innovation: AVAC Spotlight

Every May, the National Adult and Influenza Immunization Summit (NAIIS) brings together stakeholders from across the country to Atlanta to celebrate the achievements of individuals and organizations that have set out to improve access to adult immunization. Adult immunization rates in the United States are far too low, resulting in thousands of hospitalizations and deaths. Despite these challenges, Mitchel C. …

August 1, 2017

The Essential Role of Public Health in Immunization: AVAC Spotlight

AVAC members are briefed by Dr. Nancy Messonnier, Director NCIRD August is National Immunization Awareness Month (NAIM), an annual observance to highlight the importance of vaccination for people of all ages.  Immunizations are a highly cost-effective form of preventive medicine that protect health and save lives.  The public health system that plays such an important role in making sure people …

March 22, 2017

Fact Sheet: Health and Economic Benefits of Adult Immunizations

As recently as the mid-20th century, conditions such as polio, measles, rubella and diphtheria were still common, striking thousands ill and taking the lives of hundreds more. The development of safe and effective vaccines has revolutionized medicine and turned once prevalent conditions into mostly a distant memory. The key to maintaining and building on these advances is constant vigilance. Continued …

March 22, 2017

Fact Sheet: Financial Barriers to Adult Immunization

Immunizations are a cornerstone of our nation’s disease prevention efforts and have demonstrated a long track record of success as a cost-effective means of reducing disease burden and saving lives. This fact sheet provides information on what Congress and the Administration can do to reduce financial barriers to adult immunization and improve adult vaccination rates. Despite the well-known benefits of …

March 9, 2017

Op-ed Making Vaccine-Preventable Diseases History

Polio. Smallpox. Rubella. Diphtheria. For the vast majority of Americans living today, the closest we’ve ever come into contact with those diseases is when we bring up their respective Wikipedia pages. And yet as recently as the mid-20th century, they were still quite common. What’s changed between then and now? Simple: vaccines. One of the greatest public health achievements of the 20th century, particularly …

December 9, 2016

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. Here’s a snapshot of our activities over the past year

November 29, 2016

U.S. Senators Capito and Hirono Introduce Bipartisan Bill to Increase Seniors’ Access to Shingles Vaccine

U.S. Senators Capito and Hirono Introduces Bipartisan Bill to Increase Seniors’ Access to Shingles Vaccine 1 in 3 Americans Will Develop Shingles in Their Lifetime WASHINGTON, D.C.- U.S. Senators Shelley Moore Capito (R-W.Va.) and Mazie K. Hirono (D-Hawaii) introduced the bipartisan Protecting Seniors through Immunization Act (S.3477) to increase seniors’ access to the shingles vaccine. Seniors are at a greater …

October 14, 2016

AVAC Approps Letter October 14, 2016

Dear Senator/Representative: As Congress works to finalize the Fiscal Year (FY) 2017 Labor, Health and Human Services, Education, and Related Agencies Appropriations (LHHS) bill, we urge you to adopt the Senate funding level for the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) 317 Immunization program. The 317 program provides funding to state and local health departments to carry out a …