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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 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.
David K. Department of Health and Human Services has taken steps to ensure that there is technical adherence to ethics statutes and regulations regarding financial conflicts of interest. Concerns regarding the potential for the appearance of a conflict are addressed, or avoided altogether, through preappointment and postappointment considerations.
Congressman John Joseph Moakley from Massachusetts was gravely ill with hepatitis B virus infection but fortunately received a successful liver transplant. Hsu lost her brother and mother to hepatitis B-related liver cancer. O'Brien wrote this gripping piece about the rapid deterioration in health of her patient Thomas, a year-old graduate student suffering from acute hepatitis B infection.
A registered nurse for over 52 years, Ms. Bissonnette is also the founder of the Hearth, an organization dedicated to ending elder homelessness and the Boston Coalition for Adult Immunization. Her most recent work was as a public health nurse and faculty member at Boston University Medical School home medical service.
During a nearly two-year period, the NVAC reviewed prior recommendations and reports on adult immunization from the last two decades and examined the current landscape of research devoted to barriers to vaccinating adults. Based on this analysis, the NVAC developed a white paper and recommendations that aimed to address unresolved issues in a novel way to protect adults in the United States from vaccine-preventable diseases through increased vaccination. The NVAC identified a need for national leadership and coordination of adult immunization activities. Strong leadership and coordination for adult vaccination are critical, as health-care utilization by adults, when sought, is often spread across a variety of specialist and generalist physicians and nonphysician providers.
Every year, hundreds of elders and other vulnerable individuals die unnecessarily from the flu or complications caused by the influenza virus. InMs. There was also a need to extend access to flu immunizations. It now includes representatives from hospitals, government agencies, neighborhood health centers, private agencies, and nursing, public health, and medical schools.