August 7, 2020

Immunizing in a COVID-19 Environment: Best Practices

Immunizing in a COVID-19 Environment: Best Practices August 07, 2020 The COVID-19 pandemic has reminded us why vaccines are critical for reducing the spread of infectious diseases. Vaccines help us mitigate diseases, prevent severe illnesses, and reduce rates of hospitalization, morbidity, and mortality. Unfortunately, the pandemic has also introduced new challenges to our health care system that have resulted in …

July 27, 2020

AVAC Spotlight: Dr. Ruth Carrico, Infectious diseases professor and nurse practitioner in University of Louisville’s School of Medicine

AVAC Spotlight: Ruth M. Carrico, Ph.D., DNP, APRN, CIC Infectious diseases professor and nurse practitioner in University of Louisville’s School of Medicine At AVAC’s June briefing, Dr. Ruth Carrico, an infectious disease professor and nurse practitioner from the University of Louisville’s School of Medicine, shared her long-standing success with drive-through influenza vaccination programs, and how they can be replicated in …

July 20, 2020

AVAC Spotlight: Laura Morris, MD Family Medicine Physician and Associate Professor at the University of Missouri

AVAC Spotlight: Laura Morris, MD Family Medicine Physician and Associate Professor at the University of Missouri A strong recommendation from a physician is one of the top factors associated with a patient receiving a vaccine. In a time when misinformation about vaccines is increasingly circulated online and vaccine hesitancy is on the rise, it is more important than ever that …

July 14, 2020

AVAC Spotlight: Laura Lee Hall, PhD, Center for Sustainable Health Care Quality and Equity (SHC)

AVAC Spotlight: Laura Lee Hall, PhD, Center for Sustainable Health Care Quality and Equity (SHC) Public health officials are warning of a dangerous flu season, that could be complicated by the coronavirus pandemic. Community transmission of COVID-19 will likely continue through next flu season, creating the risk of overcrowding in hospitals, co-infections which could lead to worse health outcomes, and …

May 26, 2020

AVAC Member Spotlight: WomenHeart 

AVAC Member Spotlight: WomenHeart  Millions of Americans are living with or at risk of heart disease. For many, this chronic health condition puts them at risk for other illnesses, such as the flu, and can make serious complications more common (as we’re seeing currently with COVID-19). For example, adults with heart disease are at higher risk for suffering a heart …

May 1, 2020

A Call to Action on Hepatitis B Vaccines

A Call to Action on Hepatitis B Vaccines April 30th is designated as National Adult Hepatitis B Vaccination Awareness Day. Hepatitis B is a liver disease caused by the hepatitis B virus. Some people who become infected can go on to develop a chronic or lifelong infection. Left untreated, chronic hepatitis B can cause serious liver damage, and even liver …

April 27, 2020

Developing a COVID-19 Vaccine is Only Half the Battle

Developing a COVID-19 Vaccine is Only Half the Battle Written By: Vaccinate Your Family Apr 08, 2020 Rising cases of COVID-19 across the country have many people asking the same question: where’s the vaccine? Experts have suggested a vaccine may be 12 to 18 months away, an optimistic timeline given the intense scrutiny vaccines undergo prior to approval. Once approved, additional …

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 …