National Plan Promotes the Importance of Adult Immunizations

Vaccine-preventable diseases take a heavy toll on seniors. Approximately three quarters of the 2014–15 flu-related hospitalizations occurred among adults aged 65 and older. In previous years, about 90% of deaths from influenza also occurred in adults 65 and older. In 2013, CDC also reported more than 50,000 deaths attributed to pneumonia, with some adults being at greater risk of infection than others.

Despite the widespread availability of safe and effective vaccines, adult vaccination rates remain low in the United States and far below national targets. To boost adult immunization rates and improve the public’s health, the National Vaccine Program Office developed the National Adult Immunization Plan (NAIP). The NAIP outlines ways federal and non-federal partners can work together to overcome barriers to adult immunization, strengthen infrastructure and improve adult vaccination rates.

The plan establishes four key goals:

  1. strengthen the adult immunization infrastructure;
  2. improve access to adult vaccines;
  3. increase community demand for adult immunization; and
  4. foster innovations in adult vaccine development and vaccination-related technologies.

The NAIP builds on work that has been completed, or is under way, for adult immunization and mobilizes partners inside and outside of government to focus on a shared vision for achieving an optimal adult vaccination system. Click here to learn more about the NAIP.

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