April 16, 2018

AVAC Spotlight: Dr. Wilbur H. Chen, Associate Professor of Medicine and Chief of the Adult Clinical Studies Section, Center for Vaccine Development, University of Maryland School of Medicine

By 2030, the number of adults ages 65 and older in the United States is expected to grow to 71 million—at least 20 percent of the total population. It is particularly important during this stage of life to maintain healthy lifestyles and habits. Receiving recommended immunizations is an essential part of that process. Wilbur Chen, MD, MS, FACP, FIDSA, has …

April 2, 2018

AVAC Spotlight: Michael Popovich, CEO, Scientific Technologies Corporation (STC)

Scientific Technologies Corporation (STC) has evolved in many ways over the past 30 years, but its mission has always remained the same: make it simple, affordable and efficient to provide vaccinations and improve people’s health. CEO Michael Popovich has led the company since its founding, and along with Todd Watkins, president, has been building STC into a public health technology company at …

March 8, 2018

AVAC Spotlight: Lauren Linkenauger, PharmD

Lauren Linkenauger doesn’t just talk about the role pharmacists play in delivering vaccines. Having spent her entire career at the forefront of innovations in vaccine delivery, she walks the walk. Immunizations are one of the world’s biggest public health success stories, but people’s access can vary depending on where they live. Every year, more than 50,000 adults in the United …

February 27, 2018

Building a Strong Vaccine Infrastructure

By Liana Orsolini It’s officially flu season here in Richmond. A century ago, that was a terrifying statement; back in 1918, when we didn’t have a flu vaccine, a worldwide flu pandemic killed up to 100 million people. We’ve made a lot of progress since then, but 50,000 adults in the United States still die every year from vaccine-preventable diseases …

December 13, 2017

AVAC Spotlight: Dr. Minerva Campos, Family Physician and Board Member of the National Hispanic Medical Association

As a family physician practicing for more than 35 years, and Board Member of the National Hispanic Medical Association, Dr. Minerva Campos knows that immunizations prevent numerous diseases.  That’s why she needs to stock a lot of vaccines for both children and adults. Dr. Campos follows the National Vaccine Advisory Committee (NVAC) Immunization Standards for Adult Immunization Practice, which advise …

November 29, 2017

AVAC Spotlight: Dr. Kelly Moore and the TN Immunization Program

Dr. Kelly Moore understands firsthand the importance of our nation’s public health immunization infrastructure.  She grew up with a beloved aunt who was a polio survivor, making her a passionate advocate for vaccines from an early age.  She now serves as the director of the Tennessee Immunization Program (TIP) at the state’s Department of Health where she and her team …

November 21, 2017

RE: Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services: Innovation Center New Direction Request for Information

RE: Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services: Innovation Center New Direction Request for Information To Whom it may Concern: As members of the Adult Vaccine Access Coalition (AVAC), we value the opportunity to comment on the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services: Innovation Center New Direction Request for Information (RFI), one that promotes patient-centered care and tests reforms that empower …

November 9, 2017

Hirono, Capito, Green, Bucshon Introduce Bipartisan Bill to Increase Seniors’ Access to Shingles Vaccine

Thursday, November 9, 2017 WASHINGTON, D.C. – Senators Mazie K. Hirono and Shelley Moore Capito (R-W.V.) and Representatives Gene Green (D-Texas) and Larry Bucshon (R-Ind.) introduced the Protecting Seniors through Immunization Act (or “Shingles Prevention Act”)—bipartisan, bicameral legislation that would eliminate Medicare Part D beneficiaries’ out of pocket costs for the shingles vaccine and raise awareness about the importance of …

November 7, 2017

AVAC Spotlight: Utilizing Standing Orders to Generate System Change

The Ochsner Health System is Louisiana’s largest health system, comprising more than 80 health centers and urgent care centers, 29 hospitals, 18,000 employees, and more than 1,100 physicians covering 90+ medical specialties and subspecialties.  Ochsner created a System Vaccine Subcommittee, a group of providers, pharmacists, nurses, IT specialists, inventory management, and nurses to increase immunizations for their patients.  The team …