April 18, 2016

The Importance of Adult Immunizations – Op-ed by Rep. Gene Green (D-Texas) and Dr. Litjen Tan


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.

December 18, 2015

Protecting Americans from Infectious Diseases


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/

November 5, 2015

Adult Vaccine Access Coalition launches to rally efforts to increase adult immunization rates


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/  

October 16, 2015

Barriers to Accessing Adult Vaccines


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.

October 8, 2015

Making the Case for Covering the Flu Vaccine


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.”

September 30, 2015

Adult Vaccination Rates Too Low – Putting Our Nation’s Health and Pocketbook at Risk, Says New Coalition


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.