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American Lung Association Recognizes Older Adults Vaccination Day with Release of New Report Examining Disparities in Influenza and Pneumonia Vaccination Rates Among Older Americans
Date:12/9/2010

za and pneumonia, current recommendations for and the benefits of vaccination.  All vaccination campaigns should use targeted, culturally-appropriate messages and messengers to reach under-served communities.
  • Ensure that health providers and workers coming into contact with patients get vaccinated.
  • Coordinate and streamline the vaccine management process to ensure that vaccines are readily available.
  • Include people of all ages in State Immunization Information systems.
  • Establish systems in medical practices to effectively track patient vaccination status.
  • Implement standing orders for appropriate vaccinations for all patients every year to reduce the likelihood of spreading disease
  • Encourage community leaders to serve as role models to dispel myths and promote the benefits of vaccination.
  • Encourage families to make sure that everyone gets the influenza and pneumonia vaccines as recommended: vaccinating the young helps protect the old as well.

  • For a copy of the report, please visit www.lungusa.org/vaccination-disparities

    The Lung Association is committed to preventing lung disease and preventing lung health and this report is the third in a series that attempt to address the needs of those populations that are disproportionately affected by lung disease.  

    About the American Lung Association

    Now in its second century, the American Lung Association is the leading organization working to save lives by improving lung health and preventing lung disease. With your generous support, the American Lung Association is "Fighting for Air" through research, education and advocacy. For more information about the American Lung Association, a Charity Navigator Four Star Charity and holder of the Better Business Bureau Wise Giving Guide Seal, or to support the work it does, call 1-800-LUNG-USA (1-800-586-4872) o
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