August 29, 2016

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


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 …

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 …

May 20, 2016

AVAC and The Next Frontier for Immunizations – By Dale Dauten


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


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


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


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

November 5, 2015

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


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:  

October 16, 2015

Barriers to Accessing Adult Vaccines


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.