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Adult Immunization: The Need for Enhanced Utilization

Adult Immunization: The Need for Enhanced Utilization

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Immunization against vaccine preventable diseases is one of the most important and beneficial public health measures available. However, utilization rates among adults remain low. Vaccines are now available to prevent the most common diseases, including influenza, pneumococcal infections, herpes zoster, human papillomavirus, hepatitis B, and tetanus, diphtheria, and pertussis.
Immunization against vaccine preventable diseases is one of the most important and beneficial public health measures available. However, utilization rates among adults remain low. Vaccines are now available to prevent the most common diseases, including influenza, pneumococcal infections, herpes zoster, human papillomavirus, hepatitis B, and tetanus, diphtheria, and pertussis.

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Adult Immunization:
The Need for Enhanced UtilizationBy Steven MarksNovember 2009
The American Council onScience and Health
ACSH, 1995 Broadway 2nd floor,New York, NY10023
 
THE AMERICAN COUNCIL ON SCIENCE AND HEALTH
 GRATEFULLY ACKNOWLEDGES THECONTRIBUTIONS OF THE REVIEWERSNAMED BELOW.
Bruce Gellin, M.D., MPH
 Director, National Vaccine Program OfficeU.S. Department of Healthand Human Services
William Paul Glezen,M.D.
 Department of Microbiology and Immunology  Baylor College of Medicine
Paul A. Offit, M.D.
 
The Children’s Hospital of  PhiladelphiaUniversity of Pennsylvania
William Schaffner, M.D.
 Professor and Chair, Dept.of Preventive MedicineVanderbilt University School of Medicine
David R. Smith, M.D.
 President, SUNY Upstate Medical University  Prof. of Pediatrics, U.of Cincinnati College of  Medicine
Raymond A. Strikas,M.D., FACP
Captain, U.S. Public HealthService National Vaccine Program Office, HHS
Litjen Tan, Ph.D.
 Director of Medicine and  Public Health American Medical Association ACSH accepts unrestricted grants on the conditionthat it is soley responsible for the conduct of its researchand the dissemination of its work to the public. Theorganization does not perform proprietary research, nor does it accept support from individual corporations for specific research projects. All contributions to ACSH – a publicly funded organization under Section 501(c)(3)of the Internal Revenue Code–are tax deductable.Copyright © 2009 by American Council on Scienceand Health. This book may not be reproduced inwhole or in part without permission. Inquire for bulk purchases of hard copies: ACSH@ACSH.org.
 
CONTENTS
Abstract..............................................................................................................................................1Introduction.........................................................................................................................................1Raising Awareness, improving Access...................................................................................................2VPDs: Characteristics, Health Impact, and Vaccination Schedules............................................................3Influenza...........................................................................................................................................3Pneumococcal Infections...................................................................................................................4Herpes Zoster...................................................................................................................................5Human Papillomavirus.......................................................................................................................6Hepatitis B........................................................................................................................................7Tetanus, Diphtheria, and Pertussis......................................................................................................8Improving the Delivery of Adult Vaccines................................................................................................9Toward the Future.............................................................................................................................10Conclusion........................................................................................................................................10References........................................................................................................................................11

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