America’s family physicians recognize that vaccines and immunizations are invaluable tools for keeping patients healthy across the lifespan, particularly for individuals with an underlying chronic health condition. Immunizations are recognized as a 21st century public health achievement. Although fewer individuals die from vaccine-preventable diseases, far too few Americans receive the recommended vaccines.
To maximize the preventive capabilities of immunizations, the Academy has:
The AAFP advocates at the federal and state levels to improve vaccination access, administration and uptake.
The AAFP believes that, regardless of economic and insurance status, children and adults should have access to all recommended immunizations, and that the federal government has a substantial role to play in helping ensure that access.
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