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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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  • Members of Congress Call for a Reduction in Financial Barriers to Vaccines

    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.

  • The Importance of Adult Immunizations

    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.

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  • U.S. Congresswoman Lucille Roybal-Allard (D-CA) Raises Critical Questions on Adult Vaccine Access

    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.

  • 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.

  • 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.

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  • 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. The article highlights AVAC members 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, and Mitchel Rothholz, chief strategy officer for the American Pharmacists Association.

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  • 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.