February 10, 2020

The Essential Role of Physicians in Immunization

The Essential Role of Physicians in Immunization By Lisa Foster, AVAC Co-Manager Physicians and other health care providers in the community are the experts we turn to when we are sick and are in need of medical advice and care. We also look to providers for information and education on how to improve and protect our health and overall wellbeing. …

September 24, 2019

Moving More Electrons To Optimize New Adult Composite Immunization Measures

Moving More Electrons To Optimize New Adult Composite Immunization Measures Health Affairs Blog Angela K. Shen Elizabeth Sobczyk September 20, 2019 Doi: 10.1377/hblog20190919.68890 Meaningfully measuring adult influenza and pneumococcal vaccination is a vital public health intervention. Ninety percent of deaths from influenza occur in older adults, often those with chronic co-morbid conditions. Pneumococcal disease is also responsible for thousands of …

August 21, 2019

Vaccinate Your Family Mourns the Loss of Rich Greenaway

This past weekend, Vaccinate Your Family (VYF) lost a beloved colleague and close friend. Rich Greenaway, our Director of Operations and Special Projects, passed away unexpectedly at his home on Sunday. Rich was a committed champion of vaccinations and a superlative human being who dedicated more than two decades of his life to protecting people of all ages from vaccine-preventable diseases. He will be dearly missed by all who knew him. Read more about Rich’s life and contributions to the immunization community: https://shotofprevention.com/2019/08/16/vaccinate-your-family-mourns-the-loss-of-rich-greenaway/

May 16, 2019

AVAC Spotlight: Amy Pisani, Vaccinate Your Family

AVAC Blog Spotlight: Amy Pisani, Vaccinate Your Family As major measles outbreaks in New York, California and elsewhere continue to spread, along with the spread of whooping cough, mumps, hepatitis A and hepatitis B, you may wonder how an organization such as Vaccinate Your Family, founded thirty years ago on the heels of a massive outbreak of measles, is dealing …

March 20, 2019

AVAC Spotlight: Dara Lieberman, Trust for America’s Health

AVAC Spotlight Dara Lieberman, MPP, Trust for America’s Health As Director of Government Relations at Trust for America’s Health, Dara Alpert Lieberman oversees the development and implementation of federal government relations strategies and works to advance and implement TFAH’s policy priorities. Through her leadership of the organization’s advocacy around infectious disease prevention, disease surveillance, and strengthening the nation’s public health …

March 4, 2019

AVAC Spotlight: Andrea Polkinghorn, Sanford Health, Sioux Falls, SD

AVAC Spotlight: Andrea Polkinghorn, Sanford Health, Sioux Falls, SD Andrea Polkinghorn believes that you’re never too old to get vaccinated. Children, adolescents, and adults all need vaccinations to keep our communities healthy. As we age, childhood vaccinations begin to wear off, leaving adults susceptible to serious and potentially life-threatening diseases. She knows that it’s imperative that when it comes to …

February 4, 2019

Healthy People 2030

HEALTHY PEOPLE 2030 Over the past several decades, the Healthy People immunization and infectious disease objectives have been a cornerstone to national efforts to protect against vaccine preventable conditions across the lifespan. For example, the goal for flu vaccine coverage for adults 18 and over is 70% but the actual rate is closer to 45%, while the goal for pneumococcal …

October 26, 2018

AVAC Spotlight: Serese Marotta, Families Fighting Flu (FFF)

In 2009, Serese Marotta lost her five-year-old son Joseph to H1N1 flu. Despite her devastating loss, Serese soon joined the Board of Directors of Families Fighting Flu (FFF), an advocacy organization that includes families, healthcare professionals, and other advocates dedicated to increasing flu education and prevention, so that she could help other families with similar experiences. Today, she is the …