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Adult Immunizations 1994

Task Force On Adult Immunization
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Through grants received from SmithKline Beecham Pharmaceuticals, Connaught Laboratories, Lederle-Praxis Biologicals, and Merck and Company, the American College of Physicians could provide a large portion of its membership with complimentary copies of the Guide for Adult Immunization. Recipients of the Guide included active members in internal medicine and related subspecialties in the United States, Canada, and Mexico. If you did not receive a copy of the Guide, would like to purchase additional copies, or are not a member of the College and would like to purchase a copy, please call ACP Customer Service at 1-800-523-1546, extension 2600.—The Editor

American College of Physicians: Pierce Gardner, MD, Chair; Marie Griffin, MD, MPH; Peter Gross, MD; F. Marc LaForce, MD. Infectious Diseases Society of America: William Schaffner, MD, and Theodore Eickhoff, MD. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention: Raymond Strikas, MD.

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Ann Intern Med. 1994;121(7):540-541. doi:10.7326/0003-4819-121-7-199410010-00012
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An estimated 50 000 to 70 000 deaths from invasive pneumococcal disease, influenza, or hepatitis B infection occur yearly among adults in the United States. Annual mortality rates from infections potentially preventable by adult vaccines exceed those from automobile crashes or the acquired immunodeficiency syndrome. Well-supported and well-organized pediatric immunization programs have reduced the overall burden of preventable infections in children to new worldwide lows. In contrast, the current use of vaccines in targeted adult groups is only 40% for influenza, 20% for pneumococcal disease, and 10% for hepatitis B infection [1]. Hepatitis B infection bears the dubious distinction of being the only disease with an incidence that increased during the decade after a highly effective vaccine was introduced.

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