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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  • 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.

  • AVAC Spotlight: Dr. Wilbur H. Chen, University of Maryland School of Medicine

    Wilbur Chen, MD, MS, FACP, FIDSA, has dedicated his knowledge, research, and expertise to developing improved vaccines for the elderly. As a board-certified infectious disease physician, a Fellow of the American College of Physicians (FACP) as well as the Infectious Diseases Society of America (FIDSA), he understands that we must prioritize the healthcare needs of this rapidly growing segment of the population.

  • AVAC Spotlight: Michael Popovich, CEO of STChealth

    Scientific Technologies Corporation (STC) has evolved in many ways over the past 30 years, but its mission has always remained the same: make it simple, affordable and efficient to provide vaccinations and improve people’s health. CEO Michael Popovich calls STC the “oldest and newest public health informatics company in the United States.” And for him, expanding the use of immunization information systems (IIS) is key to fulfilling STC’s mission.

  • AVAC Spotlight: Lauren Linkenauger, PharmD

    Pharmacists like Lauren are working to build “immunization neighborhoods” at places like Walgreens where people can get the vaccines they need. The pharmacy chain now has 27,000 pharmacists, nurse practitioners and physician assistants certified to provide immunizations, and offers all CDC recommended immunizations based on state regulations.

  • Healthy Aging and Immunizations: Full Video from Our Briefing

    In case you missed our briefing on February 23, 2018 on healthy aging and immunizations, check out the full video and transcript here.

  • Building a Strong Vaccine Infrastructure

    It’s officially flu season here in Richmond. As a nation, we’re failing to get them into the hands of the adults who need them most—largely because patients encounter confusing health information, do not know where to go to access evidence-based information about recommended vaccines and experience too many barriers to access. These obstacles are especially difficult to manage for poor, at-risk, chronically ill and minority and ethnic populations.