With so much attention on the current situation with COVID-19, other important efforts may be overlooked. So, the June “Resources” section is devoted to non-COVID-19-related resources that should not be overlooked:

  • An analysis of Medicare expenditures between 2016 and 2018 found that more than $106 billion (with a “b”) were spent treating diseases that could be prevented with existing or candidate vaccines. Completed by Avalere, the analysis also evaluated influenza vaccine uptake between 2009-2010 and 2017-2018, and although they found an increase in vaccination rates, the percent change over nine seasons was less than 10%. And, the percent of eligible recipients who received influenza vaccine was only slightly more than 50% in the most recent year analyzed. Uptake for other vaccines routinely recommended for those 65 years and older was even more dismal. Check out the summary report and figures.
  • The Lancet Infectious Diseases recently published a systematic review of vaccine safety. The review updates the 2012 Institute of Medicine and 2014 Agency for Healthcare and Quality reports. Check out the article summary.
  • The International Vaccine Access Center (IVAC), based at the Johns Hopkins University School of Public Health, recently released a new “Value of Immunization Compendium of Evidence,” or VoICE, report on the benefits of maternal immunizations. Check out the content, including several useful graphs.

Materials in this section are updated as new information and vaccines become available. The Vaccine Education Center staff regularly reviews materials for accuracy.

You should not consider the information in this site to be specific, professional medical advice for your personal health or for your family's personal health. You should not use it to replace any relationship with a physician or other qualified healthcare professional. For medical concerns, including decisions about vaccinations, medications and other treatments, you should always consult your physician or, in serious cases, seek immediate assistance from emergency personnel.