Infectious Disease

Many infectious diseases and healthcare-associated infections (HAIs) are preventable, yet continue to cause significant sickness, hospitalization, pain, disability, and death in the United States. Older Americans are much more likely to get these infections, and HAIs are becoming a national crisis as they increasingly develop resistance to drugs.

The Alliance works to raise awareness about infectious disease, HAIs, and the value of vaccinations:  

  • We are actively involved in national efforts to combat HAIs and infectious disease.
  • The Alliance has created a group of free resources to help educate about how vaccines serve as an important step in protecting our health.  
  • You can gets stats on infectious disease and vaccination at the Silver Book® site
  • You can also keep updated on all of the latest news on our activities here

 

Related Pages

Our Best Shot: Community Workshop Kit

Date: September 14th, 2016

http://agingresearch.org/backend/files/CustomPage/665/AAR%20Medicare%20Wellness%20Visits_Electronic.pdfAdult vaccination rates in the U.S. are dangerously low, falling far short of national targets, despite the  devastating effects vaccine-preventable diseases can have on older adults. The tools and educational materials in this workshop kit address the importance of vaccination later in life, and encourage older adults to protect themselves from these potentially deadly diseases.


Vaccines

Date: July 27th, 2016

The Alliance for Aging Research has created a group of free resources to help educate older adults about how vaccines serve as an important step in protecting their health.


Sepsis

Date: June 6th, 2016

Sepsis is a life-threatening medical condition caused by an infection. Anyone can get sepsis, but older adults face an increased risk. The key to fighting sepsis is recognizing it early and treating it quickly. 

Press Room

New Campaign Offers ‘Wellness Wisdom’ about Vaccines for Medicare Open Enrollment

Author: Noel Lloyd

Date: October 16th, 2017

To promote the importance of vaccination among older adults, the Alliance for Aging Research in partnership with the National Association of Area Agencies on Aging (n4a) has launched the Our Best Shot awareness campaign.


Alliance and 90+ Organizations Urge Senate Committee Chairs to Safeguard U.S. Vaccine Policy during Price Confirmation Process

Author: Noel Lloyd

Date: January 19th, 2017

The Alliance has joined with more than 90 national organizations in urging the Senate to ensure Secretary of HHS nominee Tom Price, M.D., is committed to protecting U.S. citizens from vaccine preventable diseases.


Our Best Shot “Pocket Film” Released, Urges Seniors to Lead Families in Vaccination

Author: Noel Lloyd

Date: August 1st, 2016

In recognition of National Immunization Awareness Month (NIAM), the nonprofit Alliance for Aging Research released a new “pocket film” today to urge seniors to get their recommended vaccines and to encourage their loved ones to do the same.


Find Stats on Chronic Diseases of Aging and Medical Innovation at Newly Designed Silver Book® Site

Author: Noel Lloyd

Date: August 10th, 2015

Site Includes Data on Cancer, Diabetes, Heart Disease, Vision Loss, and More


Vaccination Rates in Older Adults Fall Short of Targets

Author: Noel Lloyd

Date: July 29th, 2015

The nonprofit Alliance for Aging Research released a white paper, Our Best Shot: Expanding Prevention through Vaccination in Older Adults, that provides a comprehensive overview of the factors that drive vaccination underutilization in seniors.


Media Alert: Alliance for Aging Research to Release White Paper on Vaccinations in Older Adults

Author: Noel Lloyd

Date: July 27th, 2015

The Alliance for Aging Research will announce the release of its new white paper Our Best Shot: Expanding Prevention through Vaccination in Older Adults.


Almost Half of the Senior Population Unaware of the Importance of Immunizations

Type: Alliance for Aging Research

Date: December 5th, 2013

New Polling Shows Almost Half of the Senior Population is Unaware of the Importance of Immunizations; New Silver Book® from Alliance for Aging Research Details Value of Vaccinations for Seniors


Under-Vaccination of Seniors Leads to Significant Morality and Disability

Date: December 4th, 2013

New Silver Book® highlights the value of innovation in reducing the burden of infectious diseases.


50,000 to 90,000 Adult Deaths a Year Caused by Vaccine-Preventable

Type: Alliance for Aging Research

Date: November 7th, 2013

New Factsheet from Alliance for Aging Research's The Silver Book® Details Value of Vaccinations for Seniors


Immunization Awareness Month and Seniors

Date: July 31st, 2013

Alliance for Aging Research: August is National Immunization Awareness Month, And Seniors Urgently Need Vaccination Information

Publications



Poster

Our Best Shot: The Importance of Vaccines for Older Adults -- Workshop Promotional Poster

Date: 2016

Our Best Shot: Workshop Kit is designed for community leaders hosting workshops for seniors and their caregivers on the basics of vaccination. The "soup-to-nuts" kit covers how vaccines work, common vaccine-preventable diseases, vaccine safety and efficacy, the vaccine schedule for adults 60-64 and 65+, and where and how to get vaccinated. 

This poster is designed for community health leaders to use in spreading the word about upcoming workshops.



Document

Our Best Shot: The Importance of Vaccines for Older Adults -- Workshop Participant Evaluation

Date: 2016

Our Best Shot: Workshop Kit is designed for community leaders hosting workshops for seniors and their caregivers on the basics of vaccination. The "soup-to-nuts" kit covers how vaccines work, common vaccine-preventable diseases, vaccine safety and efficacy, the vaccine schedule for adults 60-64 and 65+, and where and how to get vaccinated. 

This evaluation form is designed to collect valuable feedback from participants on the workshop.  Please use this feedback to adapt future workshops, and share with us at [email protected]



Document

Our Best Shot: The Importance of Vaccines for Older Adults -- Workshop Participant Quiz

Date: 2016

Our Best Shot: Workshop Kit is designed for community leaders hosting workshops for seniors and their caregivers on the basics of vaccination. The "soup-to-nuts" kit covers how vaccines work, common vaccine-preventable diseases, vaccine safety and efficacy, the vaccine schedule for adults 60-64 and 65+, and where and how to get vaccinated. 

This quiz is designed for participants to use during the workshop as a discussion tool.



Brochure

Our Best Shot: The Importance of Vaccines for Older Adults -- Workshop Leader's Guide

Date: 2016

Our Best Shot: Workshop Kit is designed for community leaders hosting workshops for seniors and their caregivers on the basics of vaccination. The "soup-to-nuts" kit covers how vaccines work, common vaccine-preventable diseases, vaccine safety and efficacy, the vaccine schedule for adults 60-64 and 65+, and where and how to get vaccinated. 

This Leader's Guide gives guidance on promotion & logistics, an agenda & script, and tips on keeping the participants engaged.



Document

Our Best Shot: The Importance of Vaccines for Older Adults -- Workshop Participant Quiz Answers

Date: 2016

Our Best Shot: Workshop Kit is designed for community leaders hosting workshops for seniors and their caregivers on the basics of vaccination. The "soup-to-nuts" kit covers how vaccines work, common vaccine-preventable diseases, vaccine safety and efficacy, the vaccine schedule for adults 60-64 and 65+, and where and how to get vaccinated. 

This quiz is designed for participants to use during the workshop as a discussion tool.



Public Comments

Comments on CMS-3295-P by the Alliance

Author: Alliance for Aging Research

Date: 2016

The Alliance for Aging Research submitted comments to the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) on its proposal rule: CMS-3295-P, Medicare and Medicaid Programs; Hospital and Critical Access Hospital (CAH) Changes to Promote Innovation, Flexibility, and Improvement in Patient Care.





Public Comments

S-FAR LTCF Letter

Author: S-FAR

Date: 2015

The Alliance for Aging Research signed on to a U.S. Stakeholder Forum on Antimicrobial Resistance (S-FAR)  letter in support of the antibiotic stewardship provisions in the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) proposed rule revising the requirements long term care facilities (LTCFs) must meet to participate in Medicare and Medicaid programs.  



Public Comments

Letter to CMS on Proposed Rule Change regarding Infection Prevention and Control Programs in Long-Term Care Facilities (LTCFs)

Author: Susan Peschin

Date: 2015

This is a letter from the Alliance to Centers to the Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) regarding its issuing of a proposed rule change regarding Infection Prevention and Control Programs (IPCP) in long-term care facilities (LTCFs).



Whitepaper

Our Best Shot: Expanding Prevention through Vaccination in Older Adults

Date: 2015

Our Best Shot: Expanding Prevention through Vaccination in Older Adults reviews vaccination levels, trends and targets, incidence rates, relevant health insurance coverage policies, and the cost effectiveness literature and other reports that have evaluated vaccine utilization in the older adult population.



Public Comments

Letter on Funding for NHSN, Antibiotic Resistance Solutions Initiative, and AMD Initiative

Author: Various Organizations

Date: 2015

This letter to Sen. Thad Cochran, Sen. Barbara Mikulski,  Rep. Harold Rogers, and Rep. Nita Lowey from various organizations, including the Alliance for Aging Research, requests "$32 million for the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention’s (CDC) National Healthcare Safety Network (NHSN) and the Prevention Epicenters Program; $264 million for CDC’s Antibiotic Resistance Solutions Initiative; and ask for your continued support of the Advanced Molecular Detection (AMD) Initiative at $30 million in the Fiscal Year (FY) 2016 Labor, Health and Human Services, Education, and Related Agencies Appropriations Bill. " 




Public Comments

Letter to Hatch and Bennet in Support of the Promise for Antibiotics and Therapeutics for Health (PATH) Act

Author: Various Organizations

Date: 2015

This letter was from various organizations, including the Alliance for Aging Research, to Sen. Orrin Hatch and Sen. Michael Bennet to "express support for S. 185, the Promise for Antibiotics and Therapeutics for Health (PATH) Act, legislation to establish a new limited population antibacterial drug approval pathway for antibiotics to treat serious or life-threatening infections for which there exists an unmet medical need."



Volume

The Silver Book: Infectious Diseases and Prevention through Vaccination

Date: 2013

The Silver Book® provides the latest statistics on the prevalence of infectious diseases that disproportionately affect seniors such as pneumonia, influenza (“flu”), and herpes zoster (“shingles”). Seniors are more susceptible to developing a significant illness from these common infectious diseases, which too often lead to hospitalization, severe complications, and death. In fact, the death rate from pneumonia and influenza combined is close to 130 times higher in people age 85 and older, compared to people ages 45 to 54. This increased risk due to age is even higher than that seen in heart disease, stroke, cancer, and other leading causes of death.







Fact Sheet

The Silver Book: Healthcare-Associated Infections Factsheet

Date: 2013

Every year more than 1.7 million Americans are diagnosed with healthcare-associated infections (HAIs).  Around 99,000 people die from their infection and the cost to U.S. hospitals alone is estimated at $28.4 to $45 billion annually.  These numbers are only going to grow as the rate of infection rises and more and more develop resistance to antibiotics.  This fact sheet paints a comprehensive picture of the growing burden of healthcare-associated infections, and the value of innovation in helping to reduce that burden.

Blog

Here Are the Facts about Vaccines

Author: Noel Lloyd

Date: October 26th, 2017

Vaccines are a stunning scientific achievement. Yet, amazingly, some people refuse to get themselves and their children vaccinated. Here, we tell the truth about vaccines.


Highlighting Infection Prevention to Keep You Healthy

Author: Breanna Bishop

Date: October 20th, 2016

International Infection Prevention Week (IIPW) ends this Saturday, October 22! The week is an annual “awareness campaign to stimulate interest in and highlight the importance of infection prevention.” The Alliance is committed to highlighting the importance of IIPW through educational materials that raise awareness about infectious disease, HAIs, and the importance of vaccinations.


#OurBestShot Twitter Chat Archive Available

Author: Noel Lloyd

Date: September 23rd, 2016

On September 22, the Alliance for Aging Research and the National Association of Area Agencies on Aging (n4a) hosted a Twitter Chat on the importance of vaccines for older adults. 


Highlighting Grandparents Day and the Importance of Vaccines

Author: Breanna Bishop

Date: September 9th, 2016

This Sunday is Grandparents Day and it's a time to reflect on how much influence grandparents have on the lives of those close to them. One of the ways older adults can positively influence their loved ones is by informing them of the importance of vaccines. Join us for a Twitter chat on the importance of vaccines for older adults on September 22 at 1 p.m. EST.


10 Things to Know about Vaccines

Author: Breanna Bishop

Date: August 11th, 2016

The Alliance has just launched a new "pocket film" called Our Best Shot: The Importance of Vaccines for Older Adults

To help you learn more about this issue, here are 10 things to know about vaccines and older adults.

 


The Alliance Launches New Video on Vaccine Awareness for Older Adults

Author: Breanna Bishop

Date: August 1st, 2016

To kick off National Immunization Awareness Month (NIAM), the Alliance has released a new “pocket film” called Our Best Shot: The Importance of Vaccines in Older Adults.

During the month of August, the Alliance will help spread immunization awareness on social media using the hashtags #OurBestShot and #NIAM16. We encourage you to participate by sharing this vital information across your own social media platforms.


Tragic Passing of Muhammad Ali Reminder of the Dangers of Sepsis

Author: Noel Lloyd

Date: June 6th, 2016

Over the weekend, we lost Muhammad Ali, one of the greatest athletes of all time and an inspiration to millions, from complications due to sepsis. As we mourn his passing, it's also a reminder of the impact of sepsis on older adults.


McKnight's Features Guest Column about HAIs by Alliance's Peschin

Author: Noel Lloyd

Date: January 12th, 2016

Alliance President and CEO Susan Peschin, MHS, wrote a guest column for McKnight's Long-Term Care News about how the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services could better improve prevention of healthcare-associated infections in U.S. nursing homes, skilled nursing facilities, and assisted living facilities. 

 


Flu Season Is Here!

Author: Noel Lloyd

Date: December 10th, 2015

While we can't stop flu season, we can fight back.


The Shingles Vaccine: Should I Get It?

Author: Michael Engler

Date: December 1st, 2015

Welcome to the next installment in our series on the importance of vaccinations. Last time we talked about immunosenescence, which refers to the weakening of the immune system that occurs when humans age, and influenza. This time we'll take a look at another disease: shingles.


Antibiotic Resistance (And Why You Should Be Concerned)

Author: Noel Lloyd

Date: November 19th, 2015

You might be wondering what all of the attention is about or maybe even why we need to be aware about antibiotic use and antibiotic resistance. After all, aren't antibiotics supposed to keep us safe from all manner of infectious disease? Read on to learn more.


A Turn for the Worse

Author: Susan Peschin, MHS

Date: November 16th, 2015

As we kick off Get Smart about Antibiotics Week, some thoughts from our President and CEO Susan Peschin, MHS. 


Today We Recognize World Immunization Day

Author: Michael Engler

Date: November 10th, 2015

Immunizations are extremely important for preventing disease across the globe.


HROTW: Infographic on Healthcare-Associated Infections

Author: Noel Lloyd

Date: October 23rd, 2015

For our Health Resource of the Week, we offer an infographic on the impact of healthcare-associated infections.


Four Facts about Infection and Its Prevention

Author: Noel Lloyd

Date: October 21st, 2015

Here are some things about infection and its prevention that you should know.


Of Immunosenescence and Influenza: What You Need to Know

Author: Michael Engler

Date: October 19th, 2015

Learn more about influenza and the benefits of the flu vaccine for older adults.


On This Grandparents Day Encourage Vaccination among the Older Adults in Your Life

Author: Sue Peschin

Date: September 13th, 2015

Today is Grandparents Day, an opportunity for families to make a special effort to appreciate their grandparents.


HROTW: Learn More about Vaccinations

Author: Noel Lloyd

Date: August 27th, 2015

Our Health Resource of the Week focuses on some of the ways you can learn about why vaccinations keep us safe, no matter what our age.  


HROTW: Vaccination Stats

Author: Noel Lloyd

Date: August 5th, 2015

With our Health Resource of the Week, we thought we'd give you a glimpse into both the human and economic value vaccines offer to society.


Capitol Hill Briefing Intros New White Paper on Vaccinations in Older Adults

Author: Noel Lloyd

Date: July 29th, 2015

Today we released our new white paper: Our Best Shot: Expanding Prevention through Vaccination in Older Adults.


VIDEO: Sepsis in Older Americans

Author: Noel Lloyd

Date: July 2nd, 2015

Every year more than one million Americans develop sepsis—a life-threatening medical condition that arises when the body initiates a powerful immune response against an infection.


Alliance Joins White House Effort to Combat Antibiotic Resistance

Author: Noel Lloyd

Date: June 2nd, 2015

Today the White House Forum on Antibiotic Stewardship was held in Washington, D.C., to “bring together key human and animal health stakeholders who are eager to take positive action to improve antibiotic use and prescribing in the U.S.” 


CDC Releases Alarming Study on Rise in Deadly C. Difficile Infections

Author: Noel Lloyd

Date: February 26th, 2015

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention has published a sobering report in The New England Journal of Medicine about Clostridium difficile (C. difficile).


Facts on the Value of Vaccinations

Author: Noel Lloyd

Date: February 20th, 2015

As we continue through what has been a historically tough flu season, especially for older adults, we wanted to share some facts on the benefits of vaccinations.


Superbugs and Seniors

Author: Cynthia Bens

Date: September 26th, 2014

Type: Blog

The Alliance for Aging Research was fortunate enough to host an amazing group of leaders from the fields of aging, infectious disease, health care and government to discuss the disproportionate impact of healthcare-associated infections (HAI) on older adults.

Newsletter

The Alliance Releases Community Workshop Kit for Vaccines

Date: December 13th, 2016

Older adults are very susceptible to the dangers of the flu, which is why the Alliance launched the "Our Best Shot" campaign to highlight the importance of vaccinations for older adults. The campaign features a workshop kit for community leaders hosting workshops for seniors and their caregivers on vaccines basics. 


New Campaign Focuses on Vaccine Awareness in Older Adults

Date: August 1st, 2016

August is National Immunization Awareness Month (NIAM), and the Alliance has started a new campaign to spread the word about the importance of vaccination for the health of older adults and their families.


Learn More about the Flu

Date: December 7th, 2015

It's that time of the year again; the flu season is upon us. For our Science in the Spotlight feature, we give you information on the flu and how you can help prevent it.


White Paper Lays Out Case for Increased Vaccination in Older Adults

Date: August 4th, 2015

As we recognize National Immunization Awareness Month in August, the Alliance has released a groundbreaking new paper on the importance of improving vaccination rates in older adults.


Turning the Lights on Superbugs

Date: November 24th, 2014

VP of Public Policy Cynthia Bens gets "mad" and talks about the seriousness of healthcare-associated infections.


Infection: On the Rise in America's Seniors

Date: October 10th, 2013

Since the discovery of antibiotics, the leading causes of death in the United States have shifted from infectious diseases to chronic, non-contagious diseases. Unfortunately, because of low rates of adult vaccination and the increase of resistance to antibiotics, infectious diseases and fatal infections are on the rise in America’s older population. Despite their tremendous potential for prevention, vaccination rates in seniors fall far short of targets set by the U.S. Centers for Disease Control.


Sepsis: Common & Deadly

Date: October 10th, 2013

Every year as many as one million Americans develop sepsis—a life-threatening medical condition that arises when the body initiates a powerful immune response against an infection. All types of infection can lead to sepsis—from an infected scrape, to pneumonia, to an infection at a surgical incision site, and no matter what the origin, sepsis can lead to death.


The Changing Face of HIV/AIDS: A Graying Epidemic

Date: July 1st, 2010

When the AIDS epidemic first shook the nation in the 1980s, no one with the virus was expected to live long—let alone reach old age. But thanks to the discovery of effective drug therapies, most people with the disease can now look forward to living well into their senior years. Add to that the fact that older Americans are becoming newly infected at an alarming rate, and HIV/AIDS is clearly no longer a problem for the young.