April 2016 is National Minority Health Month and this week marks World Immunization Week. This year’s theme for Minority Health month is “Accelerating Health Equity for the Nation.” Our nation has made important progress in recent years toward increasing immunization rates among all Americans. This is particularly true for children: disparities in childhood vaccination coverage across socio-demographic groups have essentially …
Today, Representatives, Eddie Bernice Johnson, Ami Bera, and Michelle Lujan Grisham addressed the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) to reinforce the importance of their efforts to reduce financial barriers to vaccine access in the Medicare Part D program.
In 1999, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) named childhood immunizations as one of the greatest public health accomplishments of the 20th century. They had good reason: in the U.S., childhood vaccination rates for diseases such as chickenpox, hepatitis B, measles, mumps and rubella exceed 90 percent. Other diseases such as polio and smallpox, which once ran rampant among U.S. children, have been virtually eradicated and relegated to the history books.
Adult immunizations, on the other hand, are another story.
U.S. Congresswoman Lucille Roybal-Allard (D-CA) raises critical questions about adult vaccine access at February 25, 2016, appropriations hearing with U.S. Secretary of Health and Human Services Sylvia Burwell. Watch the full hearing.
AVAC member Trust For America’s Health, along with the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation, released the following report finding that the nation must redouble efforts to protect Americans from new infectious disease threats like MERS-CoV and antibiotic-resistant Superbugs and resurging illnesses like whooping cough, tuberculosis and measles. Read the report http://healthyamericans.org/reports/outbreaks2015/
Laura Hanen, Co-Chair of the Adult Vaccine Access Coalition, speaks to Pump Handle reporter, Kim Krisberg about how AVAC members are rallying together to create collective leverage and build more understanding and awareness around the barriers to adult immunization. Read the full article here: http://scienceblogs.com/thepumphandle/2015/10/30/adult-vaccine-access-coalition-launches-to-rally-efforts-to-increase-adult-immunization-rates/
In a new article by Dr. Wes Lum, he makes the case for vaccinating older adults. Dr. Lum joined AVAC as a panelist at the briefing on Capitol Hill and discussed the relationships between chronic conditions and vaccinations, barriers to adults accessing vaccines, and possible solutions. Read the entire post on the Diverse Elders blog.
A new article from Slate highlights the need to reexamine vaccination reimbursement policies and to educate patients about how these policies apply to them. As AVAC Member, L.J. Tan, an immunologist who is on the National Vaccine Advisory Committee and is the chief scientific strategy officer at the Immunization Action Coalition, says the current system “.. creates an awful amount of confusion for our patients.”
Every year, more than 50,000 adults die from vaccine preventable diseases and thousands more suffer serious health problems that could have been prevented by accessing recommended immunizations. In response, a diverse group of healthcare providers, vaccine makers, pharmacies, public health organizations, and patient and consumer groups today launched the Adult Vaccine Access Coalition (AVAC) to change this.