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ACP strongly supports improving health through appropriate
immunization of adults
September 9, 2015
Philadelphia, September 14, 2015 -- The American College of
Physicians (ACP) was awarded a $1,002,884 Cooperative Agreement
from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) to
increase immunization rates in the United States. The award enables
ACP to expand its seven-state evidence-based program to increase
adult vaccination rates, which was funded by the CDC for
"Appropriate immunization of adults is a core component of
preventive health care, leading to improved public health, fewer
deaths, less suffering, and lower health care costs," said Wayne J.
Riley, MD, MACP, president, ACP. "This award will help ACP's
internal medicine physician members and their practice teams to
protect their patients from serious, painful, and life-threatening
diseases such as influenza, pneumococcal disease, shingles,
whooping cough, measles, and others."
Fully funded by the CDC, this ACP national immunization
initiative will expand its 2013-15 program piloted in partnership
with state ACP chapters in Arizona, Delaware, District of Columbia,
Idaho, Illinois, Maryland, New Mexico, and New York. In those
states, ACP assisted 381 physicians in implementing strategies for
improving adult immunization rates toward the federal government's
goals for 2020, including seasonal influenza immunization rates of
80 to 90 percent of adults, depending on risk factors. The most
recent data show only 42 percent of adults receives this
Results from ACP's pilot program include increasing immunization
rates for herpes zoster by 14.3 percent, high risk pneumococcal by
23.5 percent, influenza by 18.3 percent (and 25 percent for health
care personnel), and Tdap by 14.7 percent.
ACP endorses the annual Advisory Committee on Immunization
Practices (ACIP) Adult Immunization Schedule and advises adults to
get immunized for seasonal flu and to use that opportunity to
discuss with their internist other vaccinations they might need.
These include Tdap to protect against tetanus; diphtheria, and
pertussis (whooping cough); pneumococcal to protect against
pneumonia, bacteremia, and meningitis; HPV to prevent cervical,
anal, and other cancers; Hepatitis B; and herpes zoster to help
"Many adults are unaware of the benefits of vaccines, the need
for booster doses, and the availability of newer vaccines," Dr.
Riley said. "Every year in the United States, hundreds of thousands
of adults get sick, miss work, or die because of
vaccine-preventable diseases or their complications. That's why ACP
supports eliminating existing exemptions, except for medical
reasons, from immunization laws. Allowing exemptions based on
non-medical reasons poses a risk both to the unvaccinated person
and to public health."
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ACP Immunizations Resources
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