To the Center for Disease Control & Prevention/Advisory Committee on Immunization Practices
As concerned Seniors we find it encouraging to know of the FDA's recent approval of new and more effective Flu and Pneumonia vaccines. We are hoping that the ACIP will prioritize recommending the use of these vaccines for us seniors before the Flu and Pneumonia seasons begin. Please act now so there will not be a delay in protecting older Americans.
Michael & Josephine Garcia
I am seventy-eight years old and greatly concerned that these vaccines are being delayed. Last week a friend pass away from Covid. He was fully vaccinated, as am I, but had an immune system compromised by diabetes. I also have diabetes. My concern is not only for myself, but also for my daughters. The youngest is suffering from ALS. She has lost all ability to speak, move her arms, hands and legs. If her head falls backwards she is unable to raise it. We have to do it for her. She has also received the first two vaccines. Her husband, who is their only means of financial support, is compromised by severe asthma. Two years ago he was taken to the ER by EMS for a severe attack. He also has received the first two vaccines.
My concern has grown even greater with the Delta virus running rampant in our country due to media and politicians that keep spewing false information, and by the people that refuse to get vaccinated or mask up. Some unethical governors would rather try to save the economy over the lives of seniors, folks with compromised immune systems, and even children by objecting to mask mandates.
I am pleading with you to expedite the vaccines. Make America healthy again.
Joe M. Velasquez
I would like to urge the CDC and ACIP to review and provide recommendations on the Flu and Pneumonia vaccines as soon as possible. We older citizens face dire consequences if this is not done with enough time to inform the public and have the vaccines ready to go. The Covid 19 cases take up enough room in Doctor’s offices and when necessary, Hospitals, to make Flu and Pneumonia victims suffer further issues without proper care. Planning ahead long before the October meeting, would make more sense and ultimately save many more lives. I understand that the FDA has recently approved new and more effective pneumonia vaccines. Will they be ready for us in time?
Please acknowledge the urgent need to have these vaccines available to us sooner rather than later. Our very lives depend on it.
Thank you for your consideration.
Jean Aratingi 210-999-5068
Dear CDC and ACIP,
It has come to my attention due to the current health emergency with COVID-19 Delta variant and the pandemic in general, other vaccines approval are being delayed in particular the new pneumonia and flu vaccines.
Experts have been predicting for months that this year’s flu and pneumonia season could be more active than in year’s past due to the easing of COVID 19 restrictions, the convergence of COVID 19 cases and the long term impact on our lungs for those who did have COVID.
Unfortunately, the schedule being followed by CDC and ACIP for reviewing and providing recommendations around the use for the new pneumonia and flu vaccines is simply too delayed. If ACIP waits until their planned October meeting to make these recommendations, we will likely not have access to these vaccines until well into the flu and pneumonia season when many of us seniors will have already risked exposure. This is simply not acceptable, we ask the committee to do all they can to accelerate this decision ASAP. I ask would it be possible to call a special meeting to address this very important issue prior to the meeting in October?
We are encouraged by the FDA’s recent approval of new and more effective pneumonia vaccines.
However, with the upcoming flu and pneumonia season expected to converge with COVID 19, we hope the ACIP will prioritize recommending the use of these vaccines ASAP so seniors can have access before the flu and pneumonia season begins
Nearly 50,000 people will die of pneumonia each year, many of whom are seniors
We deserve access to the most effective pneumonia vaccines to do all that we can to prevent serious illness and death. Please act now without delay to protect older Americans
Being a senior well into my seventies, I appreciate your attention in addressing and resolving this very important issue to the senior community.
Thank you sincerely,
Truman D. Hill
To the CDC and ACIP:
Please rush information through the medical community, encouraging the use of Flu vaccines and Pneumonia vaccines as soon as possible. Waiting to urge seniors to get those vaccines in October or later may subject seniors to getting the Flu, Pneumonia, or Covid-19 or one of its variances.
This is a time to be more proactive to protect seniors.
Naomi Ruth Hassler
The safety of all Seniors & the Disabled American Citizens the USA should always take priority over & above all the pneumonia vaccine & flue vaccines need to be done this year & every year All Americans need to be first in the USA.
thank you a very concerned American citizen
To Whom It May Concern:
I am encouraged by the FDA's recent approval of new and more effective pneumonia vaccines. However, with the upcoming flu and pneumonia season expected to converge with COVID 19, I ask that the ACIP prioritize recommending the use of newly developed vaccines ASAP so that seniors can have access before the flu and pneumonia season begins.
Speaking as an at risk senior, we deserve access to the most effective pneumonia vaccines in order to minimize the risk of serious illness and death.
August 17, 2021
I understand the FDA has approved new, improved pneumonia vaccines and that their implementation awaits approval from the Center for Disease Control’s Advisory Committee on Immunization Practices. Mark, on behalf of our 126,000 senior followers, please encourage rapid action on this approval. Waiting until October is unacceptable. It will take some time after that the get the vaccines out to the public. By then we will be well into the pneumonia season and seniors will be making up large percentage of the 50,000 who die from pneumonia each year.
We all learned a lesson from the Covid-19 pandemic and that is our government can act fast. It needs to do so on the new pneumonia vaccines.