February 27, 2018

Building a Strong Vaccine Infrastructure

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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 …

August 15, 2017

Recognizing Innovation: AVAC Spotlight

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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

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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 9, 2017

Op-ed Making Vaccine-Preventable Diseases History

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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.

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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

August 29, 2016

Quality over quantity: making the case for vaccines – Michael Hodin, Ph.D and William Schaffner, M.D. discuss in op-ed

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Consider the following numbers: 49,000. 200,000. 10.4 billion. 1. 49,000 is the number of deaths each year in the United States due to flu-related complications. 200,000 is the number of annual flu -related hospitalizations. 10.4 billion dollars is the annual cost to the US healthcare system due to flu. And 1 is the vaccine recommended annually for all individuals age 6 months and older to prevent flu. Then why …