The Partnership for Influenza Vaccine Introduction (PIVI) makes its national media debut in a special supplement on vaccine awareness in today’s issue of USA Today. The supplement, titled “Vaccine Awareness,” was created in partnership with MediaPlanet and contains a number of articles and features about the importance and benefits of vaccinations. PIVI’s own Dr. Alan Hinman contributed a short piece on the importance of improving access to vaccines in low- and middle-income countries and notes PIVI as an example of a program working hard to do just that.
With 50 years of experience working in global health, Dr. Hinman is no stranger to the myriad challenges – the greatest of which is cost – one faces when trying to bring vaccines to low- and middle-income countries. Nevertheless, Dr. Hinman writes, because vaccine-preventable diseases have a more significant impact on communities than just causing illness and even death in individuals, they are a worthy investment. When a person falls ill with influenza, for example, and is unable to work, wages are lost and productivity decreases. Families are affected, businesses are affected, and ultimately, economies are affected. Vaccine-preventable diseases are unnecessary stumbling blocks for individuals and communities on the path to growth. Fortunately, as Dr. Hinman notes, there are a number of organizations that are working to improve access to vaccines in low- and middle-income countries. Organizations such as the World Health Organization, Gavi, the Vaccine Alliance, UNICEF, and CDC, together with governments around the world, are making impressive strides towards improving access to vaccines in low- and middle-income countries.
As a project at The Task Force for Global Health’s Center for Vaccine Equity, PIVI’s mission is rooted firmly in the belief that all people, regardless of where they live, deserve access to vaccines. PIVI helps to improve access to seasonal flu vaccine in particular by connecting vaccine manufacturers and other donors with its low- and middle-income country partners.
Readers in Chicago, New York, and Los Angeles can find the special supplement in the print edition of today’s USA Today. Readers everywhere can click here to reach the article.
The supplement featured a number of other interesting articles on vaccines and immunization. Links to the other articles are below.
The Mission to End Preventable Diseases Across the Globe
Caryl M. Stern, President & CEO, US FUND, UNICEF
Shot of Reality: Can Immunization Really Save Your Life?
Susan J. Rehm, MD, Medical Director, National Foundation for Infectious Diseases (NFID)
Fact or Fiction: Addressing Parents’ Top Vaccination Questions
Jennifer Zavolinsky, Director, Outreach Initiatives, Every Child By Two; Carter/Bumpers Champions for Immunization
Taking Back Control of Your Children’s Health
Paul A. Offitt, MD, Director, Vaccine Education Center; Attending Physician, The Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia
Doctor’s Perspective: Pushing Back Against Pertussis
Siobhan M. Dolan, MD, MPH, Medical Advisor to March of Dimes
Experts Weigh In: Shifting Perception and Implications for Vaccination
Jocelyn Z. Konrad, GVP, Pharmacy Initiatives & Clinical Services, Rite Aid
Ido Hadari, CEO, Treato.com
In Harm’s Way: A Bid for Vaccines Gets Personal
Amanda Peet on Why Vaccines Are Vital for Child Safety