November 29, 2016

U.S. Senators Capito and Hirono Introduce Bipartisan Bill to Increase Seniors’ Access to Shingles Vaccine

U.S. Senators Capito and Hirono Introduces Bipartisan Bill to Increase Seniors’ Access to Shingles Vaccine 1 in 3 Americans Will Develop Shingles in Their Lifetime WASHINGTON, D.C.- U.S. Senators Shelley Moore Capito (R-W.Va.) and Mazie K. Hirono (D-Hawaii) introduced the bipartisan Protecting Seniors through Immunization Act (S.3477) to increase seniors’ access to the shingles vaccine. Seniors are at a greater …

October 14, 2016

AVAC Approps Letter October 14, 2016

Dear Senator/Representative: As Congress works to finalize the Fiscal Year (FY) 2017 Labor, Health and Human Services, Education, and Related Agencies Appropriations (LHHS) bill, we urge you to adopt the Senate funding level for the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) 317 Immunization program. The 317 program provides funding to state and local health departments to carry out a …

September 15, 2015

Ouch! Vaccination Rates for Older Adults Falling Short

This post originally ran on Kaiser Health News and is republished with permission.

Three out of four Americans older than 60 don’t get a shingles vaccine to protect themselves from the virus’ miseries: rashes over the face and body, stinging pain that can last for weeks or months and the threat of blindness.

Sometimes people must feel a pound of pain – someone else’s – to take a shot of prevention. Dr. Robert Wergin tells of one elderly patient with shingles who came to his Milford, Neb., office this summer. “I’m sorry, doc, I should have listened to your advice to get the shot,” the man said. A few weeks later, the man’s wife and brother, both in their 60s, visited Wergin, asking for the vaccine.