ACPM, Adult Vaccine Access Coalition launch campaign to boost vaccination rates

With key leadership from ACPM, the Adult Vaccine Access Coalition has launched a campaign to boost adult vaccination rates, which lag far behind rates for children who generally need them in order to attend school. ACPM is a steering committee member of the coalition, which includes vaccine makers, public health organizations and health care providers who want to raise awareness of the poor uptake of adult vaccinations and the impact of these low rates.

For example, less than 40% of adults get the flu vaccine, and only about 20% of adults over age 60 get the shingles vaccine. AVAC notes that an estimated 50,000 adults die of vaccine-preventable diseases each year. AVAC’s goal is to advance the necessary policy changes to increase vaccination rates in order to save lives and reduce health care costs.

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