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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.  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

July 11, 2016

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

May 25, 2016

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

April 19, 2016

Every American Should Have Access to Life-Saving Vaccines

avac_graphic_minorities 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

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