Massachusetts Adult Immunization Coalition
We are a collaborative partnership dedicated to increasing adult immunization through education, networking, and sharing innovative and best practices.
Adults, in Massachusetts and across the nation, have less access to vaccines, vaccine services, and vaccine information. Consequently, adult immunization rates are not meeting national adult immunization goals. Efforts to achieve high immunization coverage levels need to be coordinated and sustained. Some vaccination barriers include: a complex adult vaccine schedule, lack of insurance coverage, insurance reimbursement difficulty, and vaccine access. Lack of knowledge and beliefs about vaccines can also impact adult vaccination rates.
Immunizing adults can decrease health care costs and substantially reduce morbidity and mortality from infectious disease.
Our 300+ members represent local and state public health organizations, community health centers, health insurance plans, pharmacies, physicians, vaccine manufacturers, long-term-care and senior service organizations, consumer advocacy groups, hospitals, home health, and college health services.
We meet 3x/year to discuss and strategize on:
- Targeted approaches to increase adult immunization rates in the Commonwealth of Massachusetts;
- The supply of publicly and privately purchased vaccine
- Immunization activities
- Surveillance of vaccine-preventable diseases;
- Analysis of the flu season
- Planning for a potential influenza pandemic.
We also organize and sponsor the Annual Massachusetts Adult Immunization Conference. The conference draws 300+ individuals from a variety of disciplines committed to increasing adult immunization.