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AOA's Call to Action on Pneumococcal Disease (Direct Enrollment)
AOA's Call to Action on Pneumococcal Disease
Program Overview

According to the 2010 National Health Interview Survey, pneumococcal vaccination coverage in US adults was 59.7% overall, well below the 90% target set by Healthy People 2020. The rates of coverage for high-risk adults was only 18.5% overall, significantly below the Healthy People 2020 target of 60%. The consequences are significant: Streptococcus pneumoniae, the target of pneumococcal vaccines, causes approximately 2 million illness episodes, almost 500,000 emergency department visits, >2.5 million outpatient visits, almost 400,000 hospitalizations and >20,000 deaths annually in US adults. Much of this disease burden may be preventable through pneumococcal vaccination. Osteopathic physicians play a critical role in reducing the burden of pneumococcal disease. This initiative will address ways to integrate routine pneumococcal vaccinations into a busy primary care practice and increase the percentage of patients immunized.

The Journal of the American Osteopathic Association invites you to participate in the AOA's important Call to Action on Pneumococcal Disease. Please click the "Select" button in the upper right corner to enroll in the initiative and be directed to the the informed consent form and the first preactivity survey. You will be asked to complete two more surveys over the next few months, and you will receive a series of brief news bulletins via e-mail. Two CME webcasts on this topic will also be available on this site.

Type:     Learner-Directed Activity
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