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Higher Pneumococcal Disease Vaccination Rates Needed to Protect More At-Risk US Adults

The American Society for Microbiology, the National Foundation for Infectious Diseases (NFID), and other leading medical and health organizations agree that pneumococcal immunization rates among adults need to be improved to reduce the impact of pneumococcal illness and death in this population.

Pneumococcal disease causes severe illnesses such as pneumonia, blood infection and meningitis, killing thousands of Americans each year. While anyone can get pneumococcal disease, some people are at particularly high risk, including those 65 years of age and older, people with chronic illnesses or weakened immune systems and residents of chronic or long-term care facilities. Despite comprehensive recommendations from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), vaccination rates among these populations remain low.

The following organizations agree that pneumococcal immunization rates among adults need to be improved to reduce the impact of related illness and death in this population.

* AIDS Project Los Angeles
* American Academy of HIV Medicine
* American Academy of Nurse Practitioners
* American Academy of Physician Assistants
* American College of Chest Physicians
* American College of Physicians
* American Medical Association
* American Nurses Association
* American Pharmacists Association
* American Public Health Association
* American Society for Microbiology
* Association for Professionals in Infection Control and Epidemiology
* Asthma and Allergy Foundation of America
* Group on Immunization Education of the Society of Teachers of Family Medicine
* HIV Medicine Association
* Infectious Diseases Society of America
* National Association of County and City Health Officials
* National Foundation for Infectious Diseases
* National Hispanic Medical Association
* National Medical Association
* Society for Healthcare Epidemiologists of America
* Society of Infectious Diseases Pharmacists
* Visiting Nurse Associations of America

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