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.