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.
May 20, 2016
“In a world of massive information overload, we have to be loud and insistent with our vaccination message. Nowhere is that more true than in Washington, DC.” – Mike Popovich CEO, Scientific Technologies Corporation
April 21, 2016
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, particularly among children. But when it comes to adult immunization, we have not been nearly as successful.
April 19, 2016
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.
April 18, 2016
Adult immunization rates are not nearly as high as they should be. As a result, upward of 50,000 adults in the U.S. die each year from vaccine-preventable diseases, and thousands more suffer serious health problems. Disparities persist as well, with adult immunization rates for minorities far below immunization rates for whites with respect to most recommended vaccines.
February 25, 2016
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.
November 5, 2015
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.
October 16, 2015
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.