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July 25, 2018

Issue Brief: Immunization Infrastructure

Issue Brief: Immunization Infrastructure Immunization infrastructure is the backbone of federal, state, and local public health efforts. Infrastructure elements include vaccine purchase; storage; handling and safety; provider and community education and outreach; immunization information systems (IIS) or registries; disease surveillance; and outbreak response. These elements promote disease prevention and mitigate the potential widespread consequences of a devastating disease outbreak. Find out more in this important issue brief.

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

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