Office of the Assistant Secretary for Health (ASH)
The Office of the Assistant Secretary for Health (ASH) oversees 12 core public health offices — including the Office of the Surgeon General and the U.S. Public Health Service Corps — as well as 10 regional health offices across the nation and 10 Presidential and Secretarial advisory committees.
National Immunization Vaccination Week: December 8-15, 2013
The National Vaccine Program Office developed a new flu vaccination mapping tool for health care workers and researchers. By tracking Medicare Fee-for-Service claims, the tool provides up-to-date flu vaccination claims information for Medicare beneficiaries in every community in the United States. The claims data are updated weekly. And while the data do not tell us the whole story of flu vaccine coverage in a given locality, they do provide an excellent snapshot of vaccination coverage for the group at greatest risk for complications—those over the age of 65.
Don't fall for the myth that it's too late to vaccinate against the flu once the Thanksgiving holidays are over. An annual flu vaccine is the single best way to prevent this serious illness. How is your community doing? Find out with the flu vaccination mapping tool.