Campaign for Adult Immunization
More than 50,000 US adults die each year from vaccine-preventable diseases and their complications, more than breast cancer, HIV/AIDS, or motor vehicle traffic accidents, yet overall vaccination rates remain low. Adult vaccinations can protect against illness, absenteeism from work, hospitalization, or even death; however, adult vaccination rates, on average, are far lower than the Healthy People 2020 goals for immunization and infectious diseases.
These suboptimal rates are not only taking a toll on the country's health; they are also impacting the bottom line: the estimated direct costs of treating just two vaccine-preventable illnesses — influenza and pneumonia — in adults in the US alone are over $35 billion per year. With the implementation of the Affordable Care Act and an increasing national focus on wellness and prevention as tools to control costs, now is the time to increase efforts to vaccinate all adults against vaccine-preventable diseases.
In order to bring adult vaccination issues to the forefront of public debate, the National Foundation for Infectious Diseases (NFID) has convened a national Campaign for Adult Immunization. In partnership with leading experts and organizations on adult vaccination, the Campaign's goals are to:
- Close the funding gap;
- Support an Immunization Congressional Caucus; and
- Ensure that all adults are fully aware of, and have access to, appropriate immunizations.
As a multi-disciplinary, unified national effort, the Campaign for Adult Immunization will bring all stakeholder groups interested in adult immunization under one advocacy umbrella, supporting adult immunization issues on Capitol Hill.
The Campaign for Adult Immunization is supported by unrestricted educational grants from:
Merck & Co., Inc.