July 25, 2018

Issue Brief: Immunization Infrastructure

Issue Brief: Immunization Infrastructure Immunization infrastructure is the backbone of federal, state, and local public health efforts. Infrastructure elements include vaccine purchase; storage; handling and safety; provider and community education and outreach; immunization information systems (IIS) or registries; disease surveillance; and outbreak response. These elements promote disease prevention and mitigate the potential widespread consequences of a devastating disease outbreak. Find …

December 9, 2016

2016: Start Making a Difference. 2017: Take it to the Next Level.

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:

July 11, 2016

The Value and Imperative of Quality Measures for Adult Vaccines

Every year, more than 40,000 American adults are hospitalized or die due to vaccine- preventable diseases. In addition, vaccine-preventable diseases cost the U.S. billions each year. As the U.S. population ages at an unprecedented rate, with 78 million Baby Boomers becoming seniors, improving rates of adult vaccination is a national imperative. Higher vaccination rates among adults reduce clinic visits, the rate of hospitalizations, and the incidence of long-term disability. Nevertheless, adult vaccination rates remain far below national targets. A solution to the challenges facing adult vaccination is appropriate vaccine quality measures.

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 the critical health issues facing older Americans.