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AVAC blogs highlight the important work of AVAC members, campaigns spearheaded by our immunization partners, and our perspective on policies and legislation proposed by the Administration and Congress.

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  • Vaccine Infrastructure And Education Is The Best Medical Investment Our Country Can Make

    The World Health Organization (WHO) has declared vaccines to be one of the most important public health interventions of the twentieth century, second only to clean water. Yet, we are seeing an increase in preventable infectious disease outbreaks, gaps in long-standing vaccine practices, and a growth in sociodemographic disparities in vaccination rates, particularly among children who live in rural areas or who are uninsured.

  • Moving More Electrons To Optimize New Adult Composite Immunization Measures

    Meaningfully measuring adult influenza and pneumococcal vaccination is a vital public health intervention. Until recently, quality performance measures were only available for some adult vaccines. Newly available composite measures, however, account for all vaccinations routinely recommended by the Advisory Committee on Immunization Practices (ACIP), and have the potential to ensure that all patients receive the standard of care when it comes to immunization coverage.

  • 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.

  • Measles Madness And Value: Gene Therapy, Prevention, And The Pre-Vaccine Era

    The value of keeping healthy through prevention is often distorted relative to the value treatment offers individuals who are suffering devastating illnesses. Check out this blog from Dr. Angela Shen, ScD, MPH that was published in Health Affairs. The blog discusses the recent measles outbreaks and the value of vaccines.

  • AVAC Spotlight: Amy Pisani, Vaccinate Your Family

    Vaccinate Your Family’s (VYF) efforts to educate the public, policymakers and the media about the critical importance of timely vaccinations have helped reshape the conversations on the safety of vaccines over the past three decades.

  • AVAC Spotlight: Dara Lieberman, 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.

  • 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 vaccines, no patient gets left behind.