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 …

February 11, 2010

Adult Immunization: Shots to Save Lives

The 2009 novel H1N1 flu outbreak has been a serious reminder that there is no strong mechanism in place for vaccinating adults in the United States. Public health departments are struggling with how to reach adults in communities around the country to encourage them to get vaccinated against H1N1, the seasonal flu, and, in some cases, pneumonia in a short …