Massachusetts Adult Immunization Coalition
The Massachusetts Adult Immunization Coalition (MAIC) is a collaborative partnership dedicated to increasing adult immunization through education, networking, and sharing innovative and best practices. There are currently over 300 members representing 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.
The Coalition meets quarterly to discuss and strategize around issues such as 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; and planning for a potential influenza pandemic.
One of the principal activities of the Coalition is the organization of the Annual Massachusetts Adult Immunization Conference. The conference draws over 300 individuals from a variety of disciplines committed to increasing adult immunization.
Photos from recent MAIC meetings.
Massachusetts, with an estimated population of 7 million people, has been providing vaccines for the people of the Commonwealth for more than 100 years. Children in Massachusetts benefit from a universal select childhood vaccine program and some of the highest childhood vaccination rates in the nation. Adults, however, 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. Barriers to vaccination include a complex adult vaccine schedule, lack of insurance coverage, insurance reimbursement difficulty, and vaccine access. Lack of knowledge of vaccines, beliefs about vaccines, and practices of both health care providers and consumers can also impact adult vaccination rates. Immunizing adults can decrease health care costs and substantially reduce morbidity and mortality from infectious disease. Efforts to achieve high immunization coverage levels need to be coordinated and sustained.
In 1995, the Massachusetts Department of Public Health’s Immunization Program, in conjunction with Masspro, formed the MAIC. In 2019, the Massachusetts Department of Public Health partnered with JSI Research & Training Institute, Inc. (JSI) to manage the Coalition, conduct immunization promotion on behalf of the coalition, and to organize educational activities to support immunizing providers. JSI has been providing adult immunization technical assistance, evaluation, IT, education and training services for the Massachusetts Department of Public Health since 2009.