Every year, more than 50,000 adults die from vaccine preventable diseases and thousands more suffer serious health problems that could have been prevented by accessing recommended immunizations. Yet adult vaccination rates remain unacceptably low, falling short of the Healthy People 2020 recommendations. There are a variety of reasons for this, including lack of information about recommended vaccines, financial hurdles and technological and logistical challenges. AVAC’s goal is to make necessary policy changes to increase vaccination rates—to save lives and money.
To help us advocate to policymakers why adult vaccine access is important, we want to hear your stories! Has a vaccine prevented you from getting sick? Or were you planning on getting vaccinated but it was too expensive or too hard to get? Add your story below!