Getting Ahead of the COVID-19 Vaccine

July 15, 2020|4:20 p.m.| ASTHO Staff

Scientists are working quickly to develop a safe and effective vaccine to provide immunity to COVID-19. Once a vaccine is approved, it will likely be imperative for states to authorize as many health care professionals to administer it, since the demand is expected to be extremely high. In addition, legislation authorizing alternative providers within the immunization neighborhood (e.g., pharmacies, schools, workplace, and other clinical sites) can expand the places where vaccines are available and increase access to vaccination among vulnerable populations. By recognizing that not every person is reliably linked to a healthcare provider, these policies can allow for timely and consistent immunization services. Read More »

Arkansas Health Official Offers Ideas for Improving Immunization Efforts

August 01, 2018|1:50 p.m.| ASTHO Staff

Every August, the National Public Health Information Coalition and CDC’s National Center for Immunization and Respiratory Diseases sponsor National Immunization Awareness Month to highlight the importance of vaccination in preventing diseases across the lifespan. To kick off this month’s observance, ASTHO spoke with Nathaniel Smith, director and state health officer of the Arkansas Department of Health, about his experience serving on several national advisory committees, how health officials can communicate about the benefits of vaccines, and opportunities for public health and healthcare partners to prioritize HPV vaccination as an effective cancer prevention measure. Read More »

What State Legislatures Did About Vaccine Exemptions in 2015

March 21, 2016|1:27 p.m.| Scott Briscoe

The measles outbreak traced to Disneyland was one of a growing number of preventable infectious disease outbreaks caused in part by the antivaccination movement. With that backdrop, ASTHO looks at how state legislatures approached immunization laws last year. Read More »

California Takes Step to Remove Personal and Religious Vaccine Exemptions

June 26, 2015|11:04 a.m.| ASTHO Staff

The recent measles outbreak touched off a pointed debate about the antivaccination movement, leading the California legislature to close vaccination exemptions. Read More »

Ohio Helps Sustain Immunization Services by Supporting Third Party Billing by Local Health Departments

May 01, 2015|10:32 a.m.| ASTHO Staff

To address the need for sustainable immunization services funding, the Ohio Department of Health launched a project to identify challenges and solutions surrounding immunization billing in local health departments. Read More »

Indiana Improves Vaccination Rates, Access, and Tracking Thanks to Partnership-Driven Legislation

April 16, 2015|10:10 a.m.| ASTHO Staff

In five years, Indiana passed three laws that dramatically reduced vaccine-covered meningococcal disease, expanded immunization administration capability for pharmacists, and improved vaccine tracking across the state. Read More »

Measles News and Analysis Worth a Look

February 04, 2015|4:51 p.m.| ASTHO Staff

A quick look at some of the atypical news and analysis articles about the ongoing measles outbreak. Read More »

Kansas’ Immunize and Win a Prize Program Promotes Childhood Vaccinations

February 02, 2015|5:13 p.m.| ASTHO Staff

Kansas' innovative incentive program has increased immunizations in young children. Read More »

Multistate Measles Outbreak Drives Up State Health Agency Costs and Points to Importance of Quality Immunization Communication

January 27, 2015|4:01 p.m.| Virgie Townsend

With the Disneyland measles outbreak up to 87 cases in seven states as of Jan. 26, state health departments are responding to the disease by educating primary care providers and the public about measles and conducting contact tracing. Read More »

California Reports 59 Confirmed Cases of Measles in Outbreak Traced to Disneyland

January 22, 2015|11:48 a.m.| ASTHO Staff

The California Department of Public Health announced yesterday that 59 cases of measles have been confirmed in California residents since the end of December 2014. Forty-two such cases have been linked to an initial exposure in December at Disneyland. Read More »

WHO Reports Worldwide Increase in Measles Deaths

November 19, 2014|3:15 p.m.| ASTHO Staff

Multiple factors are contributing to a resurgence in measles cases and deaths across the globe. Read More »

Influenza Vaccination Rates Remain Low Despite Ongoing Efforts

November 18, 2014|9:45 a.m.| Kristen Lewandowski

More than half of eligible individuals can't or won't get the flu shot this year. Read More »

FDA Approves Vaccine for Rare Strain of Bacterial Meningitis

October 31, 2014|11:23 a.m.| ASTHO Staff

FDA fast-tracked the review and approval of a vaccine for a rare, but dangerous variety of bacterial meningitis that caused outbreaks at two U.S. universities last year. Read More »