Featured Priority: Adult Immunization

Adult vaccination rates remain low in the United States. This leaves adults vulnerable to the heavy toll vaccine-preventable diseases take on health and productivity. We work with partners so more adults can get the vaccines recommended for them.

Making Adult Immunization Routine

To reinforce immunization as a routine part of health care, the National Vaccine Advisory Committee (NVAC) updated the Standards for Adult Immunization Practice in 2013. These standards encourage providers to:

  • Assess adults’ immunization needs at every clinical encounter
  • Strongly recommend necessary vaccines
  • Administer recommended vaccines or refer patients to the appropriate provider
  • Document the vaccines patients receive in a state or local vaccine registry

National Adult Immunization and Influenza Summit

OIDP co-chairs the National Adult Immunization and Influenza Summit in collaboration with the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) and the Immunization Action Coalition (IAC). Key summit goals include:

  • Expanding access to vaccines for adults
  • Reducing health disparities in adult immunization
  • Developing strategies for educating providers and patients
  • Establishing standard ways to measure progress toward adult immunization goals

Related Resources

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