Commentary: Don’t retreat on vaccine policy Commentary: Don’t retreat on vaccine policy
The measles outbreak has brought much-needed attention to the importance of vaccines. Next month, a CDC committee will meet in Atlanta to weigh whether... Commentary: Don’t retreat on vaccine policy

The measles outbreak has brought much-needed attention to the importance of vaccines.

Next month, a CDC committee will meet in Atlanta to weigh whether to continue recommending another vaccine – this one for seniors.

Walden

In a new GHN Commentary, Dr. Linda Walden says jettisoning the current recommendation of a pneumococcal vaccine for Americans 65 and older could lead to decreased immunizations.

“As a health care provider, I am stumped as to why the CDC would consider such a decision,’’ she writes. “As a family physician, I have no doubt that it’s crucial for seniors 65 years of age and over to have pneumococcal vaccines, which help prevent pneumococcal pneumonia and other illnesses such as meningitis.’’

Here’s a link to her Commentary.


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