May 30, 2018

AVAC Spotlight: Litjen (L.J.) Tan, MS, PhD, Chief Strategy Officer of Immunization Action Coalition


If you have a question regarding adult immunizations, Dr. Litjen (LJ) Tan is the person to call.  Having spent his whole career at the forefront of advancements in adult vaccine research, accessibility, and development, LJ is one of the most qualified and accessible people to talk about adult vaccinations, to say the least! LJ is the chief strategy officer of …

April 16, 2018

AVAC Spotlight: Dr. Wilbur H. Chen, Associate Professor of Medicine and Chief of the Adult Clinical Studies Section, Center for Vaccine Development, University of Maryland School of Medicine


By 2030, the number of adults ages 65 and older in the United States is expected to grow to 71 million—at least 20 percent of the total population. It is particularly important during this stage of life to maintain healthy lifestyles and habits. Receiving recommended immunizations is an essential part of that process. Wilbur Chen, MD, MS, FACP, FIDSA, has …

April 2, 2018

AVAC Spotlight: Michael Popovich, CEO, Scientific Technologies Corporation (STC)


Scientific Technologies Corporation (STC) has evolved in many ways over the past 30 years, but its mission has always remained the same: make it simple, affordable and efficient to provide vaccinations and improve people’s health. CEO Michael Popovich has led the company since its founding, and along with Todd Watkins, president, has been building STC into a public health technology company at …

March 8, 2018

AVAC Spotlight: Lauren Linkenauger, PharmD


Lauren Linkenauger doesn’t just talk about the role pharmacists play in delivering vaccines. Having spent her entire career at the forefront of innovations in vaccine delivery, she walks the walk. Immunizations are one of the world’s biggest public health success stories, but people’s access can vary depending on where they live. Every year, more than 50,000 adults in the United …

February 27, 2018

Building a Strong Vaccine Infrastructure


By Liana Orsolini It’s officially flu season here in Richmond. A century ago, that was a terrifying statement; back in 1918, when we didn’t have a flu vaccine, a worldwide flu pandemic killed up to 100 million people. We’ve made a lot of progress since then, but 50,000 adults in the United States still die every year from vaccine-preventable diseases …

December 13, 2017

AVAC Spotlight: Dr. Minerva Campos, Family Physician and Board Member of the National Hispanic Medical Association


As a family physician practicing for more than 35 years, and Board Member of the National Hispanic Medical Association, Dr. Minerva Campos knows that immunizations prevent numerous diseases.  That’s why she needs to stock a lot of vaccines for both children and adults. Dr. Campos follows the National Vaccine Advisory Committee (NVAC) Immunization Standards for Adult Immunization Practice, which advise …

November 29, 2017

AVAC Spotlight: Dr. Kelly Moore and the TN Immunization Program


Dr. Kelly Moore understands firsthand the importance of our nation’s public health immunization infrastructure.  She grew up with a beloved aunt who was a polio survivor, making her a passionate advocate for vaccines from an early age.  She now serves as the director of the Tennessee Immunization Program (TIP) at the state’s Department of Health where she and her team …

November 7, 2017

AVAC Spotlight: Utilizing Standing Orders to Generate System Change


The Ochsner Health System is Louisiana’s largest health system, comprising more than 80 health centers and urgent care centers, 29 hospitals, 18,000 employees, and more than 1,100 physicians covering 90+ medical specialties and subspecialties.  Ochsner created a System Vaccine Subcommittee, a group of providers, pharmacists, nurses, IT specialists, inventory management, and nurses to increase immunizations for their patients.  The team …

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 …