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.
April 27, 2020
Developing a COVID-19 Vaccine is Only Half the Battle
Experts have suggested a vaccine may be 12 to 18 months away, an optimistic timeline given the intense scrutiny vaccines undergo prior to approval. By planning for a vaccine now, our country can be better prepared to quickly protect everyone in the U.S. from this deadly pandemic.
February 10, 2020
The Essential Role of Physicians in Immunization
It should come as no surprise then that patients are far more likely to receive an immunization when a provider has recommended it. Vaccines are an essential tool in a medical professional’s arsenal of preventive health measures as they strive to keep Americans of all ages and walks of life leading healthy and active lives.
January 21, 2020
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.
September 24, 2019
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.
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.
June 14, 2019
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.
May 16, 2019
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.