Despite the health benefits that result from implementation of ACIP recommendations, adults continue to be vaccinated at low and variable rates. In contrast, childhood vaccination rates in the United States typically exceed 90 percent. The success of childhood vaccination can be attributed to many factors unique to pediatric vaccination, such as state laws requiring vaccination for school entry and the coordinated public health infrastructure established by the Vaccines for Children Program (VFC), a federally funded program to provide free vaccines to children who are Medicaid eligible,uninsured, underinsured, or American Indian or Alaskan Native.11Another reason for the high rates of vaccination among children is that pediatricians and family physicians, the primary providers of health care and preventive health services for children, have long been committed to making immunization a core part of well-child care. For adults, chronic diseases and screenings for cancer, blood pressure, and cholesterol
have historically been the primary focus of acute medical and preventive health care, respectively.result, vaccinations have been given less emphasis and are underutilized in the adult population. READ HHS DRAFT 52 PAGE STRATEGY
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Excerpts from the HHS DRAFT on Adult Vaccination Strategies
Increase community demand for adult immunizations.
Objective 3.1: Educate and encourage individuals to be aware of and receive recommended adult immunizations.
Objective 3.2: Educate, encourage, and motivate health care professionals to recommend and/or deliver adult vaccinations.
Objective 3.3: Educate and encourage other groups (e.g., community and faith-based groups, tribal organizations)to promote the importance of adult immunization.
Foster innovation in adult vaccine development and vaccination-related technologies.
Objective 4.1: Develop new vaccines and improve the effectiveness of existing vaccines for adults.
Objective 4.2: Encourage new technologies to improve the distribution, storage, and delivery of adult vaccines