Give Productivity a Shot in the Arm:
How Influenza Immunization Can Enhance Your Bottom Line
Influenza can seriously impact your workplace—adversely affecting the lives of employees and taking its toll on productivity. Much is at stake. According to estimates of illness and deaths associated with flu recently issued by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), each year in the United States, on average 5%-20% of the population get the flu and more than 226,000 people are hospitalized with complications. Depending on the severity of the virus during flu season, deaths can range from 3,000 to a high of about 49,000 people. Read More
Partnership to End Cervical Cancer
The Partnership to End Cervical Cancer (PECC) works to educate public health decision-makers, healthcare professionals and the general public about oncogenic (cancer-causing) human papillomavirus (HPV) and its role in the development of cervical cancer. PECC is a collaboration of over 40 leading consumer, professional and policy organizations, public health groups, healthcare professionals and industry to create a new standard of preventive healthcare for women that includes screening and vaccination to prevent cervical cancer.
In 2009, the Fund to Prevent Cervical Cancer awarded Partnership a grant to launch a new Facebook application to help educate, motivate and mobilize people to prevent the spread of Human Papillomavirus (HPV). "Fact Check: HPV" (www.hpvfactcheck.org
) allows users to take an interactive, educational quiz about HPV, find additional resources, and commit to take action, while even allowing concerned friends to anonymously share the application with peers. The application was developed by Partnership for Prevention and the University of Maryland's College of Information Studies with input from the School of Public Health.
Strengthening Adult Immunization: A Call to Action
Diseases that could be prevented by vaccines kill thousands of American adults every year. Unfortunately, we are not yet using vaccines as effectively as we should among adults to reduce the occurrence of deadly infectious diseases.
To catalyze action, in February 2005 Partnership for Prevention conferred with and convened the nation’s leading immunization experts and stakeholders who reached remarkable consensus on 6 actions the federal government should take to increase adult immunization rates. Each action is effective, affordable, and feasible.
The actions are officially endorsed by:
American Medical Association
American Academy of Family Physicians
American College of Preventive Medicine
Association of State and Territorial Health Officials
National Association of County and City Health Officials
American Public Health Association
Bipartisan legislation was introduced in the U.S. House of Representatives in July 2005 (HR 3598) based on these policy recommendations.