UNITY Consortium formed to support teen, young adult immunizations
The coalition includes members from private and public organizations, academia, industry, and advocacy groups. These members will use their knowledge and expertise to support, create and encourage initiatives that will help adolescents, young adults, parents, as well as communities to live without the worry of preventable diseases.
Records show that there are high vaccination rates for young children, but there is a decline in vaccination rates for adolescents and young adults between the ages of 10 and 26 years old.
"The vision of UNITY is to ensure at least 90 percent of U.S. adolescents and young adults receive all vaccinations as recommended by the CDC's Advisory Committee on Immunization Practices," Judy Klein, president of UNITY Consortium, said. "Adolescents and young adults face unique challenges to immunization, so the UNITY Consortium has been established to help navigate, educate and advocate for the urgency of adolescent and young adult vaccinations."
Health professionals state that even young, healthy people are at risk for contracting illnesses and dying because they lack adequate vaccinations. The World Health Organization estimates that 2.5 million people die every year due to diseases that are preventable with vaccines.