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.

March 22, 2016

Vaccines Save Lives

Over 20 years, vaccines will prevent 732,000 deaths and 21 million hospitalizations.

July 29, 2015

Our Best Shot: Expanding Prevention through Vaccination in Older Adults

Our Best Shot: Expanding Prevention through Vaccination in Older Adults, which was authored by Richard Manning, Ph.D., partner, Bates White Economic Consulting, LLC, reviews vaccination levels, trends and targets, incidence rates, relevant health insurance coverage policies, and the cost effectiveness literature and other reports that have evaluated vaccine utilization in the older adult population. It then offers analysis of the …

February 5, 2015

National Adult Immunization Plan

The NAIP is a five-year national plan released by the National Vaccine Program Office at the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services. The NAIP is intended to facilitate coordinated action by federal and nonfederal partners to protect public health and achieve optimal prevention of infectious diseases and their consequences through vaccination of adults.  The plan establishes four key goals, …

November 11, 2013

Roadmap for Action to Reach the Healthy People 2020 Goals

Each year in the United States, approximately 50,000 adults, and an additional 500 children, die as a result of vaccine-preventable illnesses and their complications—a number that approaches the U.S. fatal casualties in the Vietnam War. Furthermore, the annual economic burden of influenza in adults accounts for $87.1 billion. Although public health professionals and health care providers recognize that immunizations provide …

September 10, 2013

Standards for Adult Immunization Practice

The National Vaccine Advisory Committee’s revised Standards for Adult Immunization Practice were released on September 10, 2013. The NVAC standards recognize the importance of the healthcare provider recommendation for patients to receive needed vaccines, the current low vaccination rates among U.S. adults, and reflect the changed environment within which adult vaccines are now given. The standards were published in the …

March 11, 2012

Adult Vaccination Saves Lives

With so many safe and effective vaccines available, Forbes magazine proclaimed, “A new golden age of vaccines is at hand,” bringing with it new opportunities for Americans to take an active role in their long-term health. Taking advantage of this new opportunity and increasing immunization rates in adults will require a broadly coordinated effort that includes not only the general …