American Lung Association Supports Universal Immunization to Help Increase National Influenza Vaccination Coverage Rates

February 24, 2010

WASHINGTON, Feb. 24 /PRNewswire/ — The American Lung Association supports the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention’s (CDC) Advisory Committee on Immunization Practices’ (ACIP) vote today that recommends universal influenza immunization with seasonal influenza vaccine. A universal recommendation targets the entire U.S. population for vaccination, including the high-risk groups that are already recommended by the CDC.

“Every one of us needs to get immunized against this serious and potentially life-threatening disease,” said Norman Edelman, MD, Chief Medical Officer of the American Lung Association. “The CDC’s recommendation for universal vaccination will help encourage more than 300 million Americans to receive influenza vaccine annually.”

The American Lung Association conducts a national and regional influenza immunization awareness campaign, Faces of Influenza, to educate all Americans about this serious disease and to encourage annual influenza immunization.

The American Lung Association joins the ACIP in urging annual immunization against influenza for all Americans to help protect against influenza and prevent the virus from spreading. Vaccination is safe and effective, and provides the best protection against this serious disease.

About the American Lung Association

Now in its second century, the American Lung Association is the leading organization working to save lives by improving lung health and preventing lung disease. With your generous support, the American Lung Association is “Fighting for Air” through research, education and advocacy. For more information about the American Lung Association or to support the work it does, call 1-800-LUNG-USA (1-800-586-4872) or visit www.lungusa.org.

For More Information

For more information about the Faces of Influenza educational initiative, visit www.facesofinfluenza.org. For information about the American Lung Association or to support the work it does, call 1-800-LUNG-USA (1-800-586-4872) or log onto www.lungusa.org. The American Lung Association’s Faces of Influenza educational initiative is made possible through a collaboration with sanofi pasteur.

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SOURCE American Lung Association

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