A newly approved policy recommendation by the American College of Physicians (ACP) urges all healthcare providers to be immunized against influenza; diphtheria; hepatitis b; measles, mumps, and rubella; pertussis; and varicella in accordance with the Advisory Committee on Immunization Practice (ACIP) Adult Immunization Schedule, unless exempt for medical or religious reasons.

Statistics show that about 40,000–50,000 adults die each year from vaccine-preventable diseases. During the 2011–2012 season, only 39% of adults received the flu vaccine. David L. Bronson, MD, FACP, president of ACP stated that proper immunization can “prevent a significant number of infections, hospitalizations, and deaths among patients as well as prevent workplace disruption and medical errors by absent workers due to illness.”

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The ACP received a grant for the 2012–2013 from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) to create a three year, evidence-based program to increase rates of adult immunization in five states: Arizona, Delaware, Northern Illinois, Maryland, and New York.

For more information visit ACPOnline.org.