Why adults aren't getting their vaccines


Recorded April 24

As adults age, so do their immune systems, leaving them vulnerable to vaccine-preventable diseases like the flu, shingles and pneumonia. Yet adult vaccinations are low in the U.S., which can result in costly hospitalizations and other medical interventions. This panel will explore some of the reasons for low adult vaccination rates, which range from the failure of insurers to cover adult vaccines to lack of information from health providers.

  • Laura Hanen, interim executive director and chief of government affairs , National Association of City and County Health Officials

  • Litjen (L.J.) Tan, M.S., Ph.D., chief strategy officer, Immunization Action Coalition

  • Moderator: Bara Vaida, AHCJ core topic leader on infectious diseases

At NAACHO, Hanen oversees policy development, federal lobbying, and the Big Cities Health Coalition. She also is co-chair of the Adult Vaccine Access Coalition. Prior to coming to NACCHO, Hanen was the director of government relations for the National Alliance of State and Territorial AIDS Directors for 11 years. She was the senior lobbyist for the American Congress of Obstetricians and Gynecologists and before that was a legislative assistant for Rep. Rick Boucher, D-Va. She also was a legislative assistant in the Government Relations Department of the Biotechnology Innovation Organization.

Tan joined the Immunization Action Coalition (IAC) in 2013. Prior to the coalition, Tan was the director of medicine and public health at the American Medical Association, a position he held since 2008. From 1997 to 2008, he was the AMA's director of infectious disease, immunology, and molecular medicine. He co-founded and currently co-chairs the National Adult Immunization Summit and the National Influenza Vaccine Summit. He serves or has served on the steering committees of the 317 Coalition, the National Network for Immunization Information, and the National Viral Hepatitis Roundtable and on the IAC scientific advisory board.

Laura Hanen

Litjen (L.J.) Tan

Bara Vaida