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Is it Time for a Federal "Vaccines for Adults" Program?


Would a program for US adults who are uninsured or underinsured help increase uptake rates for recommended immunizatons, for example, against influenza and pneumococcal disease? Would it make economic sense?

Terry Brenneman, MD
Terry Brenneman, MD

I read a June 21, 2023 Perspective feature in the New England Journal of Medicine written by scientists from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention and the the National Center for Immunization and Respiratory Diseases that answers the question comprehensively and clearly. This short slide show-plus-quiz-questions higlights their thoughts. A hyperlink to the full article is below.

Wallender E, Peacock G, Wharton M, Walensky RP. Uninsured and not immune--closing the vaccine-coverage gap for adults. N Engl J Med. Published online June 21, 2023. doi:10.1056/NEJMp2306200

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