Blog

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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  • Healthy People 2030

    Healthy People objectives help to guide the actions of public and private stakeholders across the country who are committed to improving the health and wellbeing of our nation and provide a foundation for measuring progress. It is therefore extremely disappointing that the proposed Immunization and Infectious Disease (IID) objectives for Healthy People 2030 (HP2030) seek to eliminate many critical immunization objectives.

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

    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 Chief Operating Officer (COO).

  • Outbreak DIY: Epidemics in a Connected World

    Please join us for a Hill exhibit of the Smithsonian Outbreak project on October 1st through October 5th
    in the Russell Senate Office Building Rotunda. And join Sabrina Sholts, Smithsonian Curator of Outbreak, for a conversation about Outbreak at 4:30 p.m. on October 2nd.  

  • Promoting Access Starts With Educating People About Need

    Advocates in Washington promote many different issues and causes. All face one question, regardless of the topic: Why is this important? For vaccines, establishing their importance in health begins with education.

  • AVAC Spotlight: Sarah Irsik-Good, MHA, Kansas Foundation for Medical Care

    During National Immunization Awareness month, we are proud to spotlight Sarah Irsik-Good and the Kansas Foundation for Medical Care (KFMC), for their efforts to promote awareness and utilization of adult vaccines all year round.

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  • AVAC Spotlight: Robert H. Hopkins, Jr., MD – University of Arkansas for Medical Sciences

    Dr. Robert Hopkins is a leader in local and national efforts to improve access to vaccines. He is past governor of the Arkansas chapter of the American College of Physicians (ACP), a board-certified physician in internal medicine and pediatrics, a member of the National Vaccine Advisory Committee (NVAC), and maintains an active teaching and clinical practice, caring for both adults and children.

  • AVAC Spotlight: Litjen (L.J.) Tan, MS, PhD, Immunization Action Coalition

    On May 17-18, LJ, and the Immunization Action Coalition, along with the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, co-hosted the National Adult and Influenza Immunization Summit (NAIIS) in Atlanta, GA. The gathering included hundreds of professionals from the federal government, public health, private medical sectors, vaccine manufacturers and distributors, and consumers—all dedicated to preventing illness, disability, and deaths through the use of recommended vaccines.