May 25, 2016

AVAC Celebrates Older Americans Month

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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 …

May 20, 2016

AVAC and The Next Frontier for Immunizations – By Dale Dauten

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AVAC and The Next Frontier for Immunizations By Dale Dauten In a world of massive information overload, we have to be loud and insistent with our vaccination message. Nowhere is that more true than in Washington, DC.  Mike Popovich CEO, Scientific Technologies Corporation Perhaps you remember learning that the first vaccination was given in 1796. By the way, that was the same year …

April 21, 2016

Every American Should Have Access to Life-Saving Vaccines

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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 …

April 18, 2016

The Importance of Adult Immunizations – Op-ed by Rep. Gene Green (D-Texas) and Dr. Litjen Tan

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In 1999, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) named childhood immunizations as one of the greatest public health accomplishments of the 20th century. They had good reason: in the U.S., childhood vaccination rates for diseases such as chickenpox, hepatitis B, measles, mumps and rubella exceed 90 percent. Other diseases such as polio and smallpox, which once ran rampant among U.S. children, have been virtually eradicated and relegated to the history books.

Adult immunizations, on the other hand, are another story.

December 18, 2015

Protecting Americans from Infectious Diseases

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AVAC member Trust For America’s Health, along with the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation, released the following report finding that the nation must redouble efforts to protect Americans from new infectious disease threats like MERS-CoV and antibiotic-resistant Superbugs and resurging illnesses like whooping cough, tuberculosis and measles.  Read the report http://healthyamericans.org/reports/outbreaks2015/

November 5, 2015

Adult Vaccine Access Coalition launches to rally efforts to increase adult immunization rates

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Laura Hanen, Co-Chair of the Adult Vaccine Access Coalition, speaks to Pump Handle reporter, Kim Krisberg about how AVAC members are rallying together to create collective leverage and build more understanding and awareness around the barriers to adult immunization. Read the full article here: http://scienceblogs.com/thepumphandle/2015/10/30/adult-vaccine-access-coalition-launches-to-rally-efforts-to-increase-adult-immunization-rates/  

October 16, 2015

Barriers to Accessing Adult Vaccines

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In a new article by Dr. Wes Lum, he makes the case for vaccinating older adults. Dr. Lum joined AVAC as a panelist at the briefing on Capitol Hill and discussed the relationships between chronic conditions and vaccinations, barriers to adults accessing vaccines, and possible solutions. Read the entire post on the Diverse Elders blog.

October 8, 2015

Making the Case for Covering the Flu Vaccine

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A new article from Slate highlights the need to reexamine vaccination reimbursement policies and to educate patients about how these policies apply to them. As AVAC Member, L.J. Tan, an immunologist who is on the National Vaccine Advisory Committee and is the chief scientific strategy officer at the Immunization Action Coalition, says the current system “.. creates an awful amount of confusion for our patients.”