THE THRIVE ACT -- (Extensions of Remarks - July 29, 2005)
HON. ROGER F. WICKER
IN THE HOUSE OF REPRESENTATIVES
THURSDAY, JULY 28, 2005
Mr. WICKER. Mr. Speaker, I rise to direct my colleagues to the critical need for adult immunizations and ask that they join me in supporting the Total Health Requires Improved Vaccination Efforts--or THRIVE Act--which Ms. ROYBAL-ALLARD and I are introducing today.
Vaccines are one of our great medical achievements. Successful immunization efforts have eradicated small pox and driven rubella from the United States. Mumps, diphtheria, measles, and chicken pox are at record low levels. And thanks to immunization, we're on the brink of eradicating polio across the globe.
Unfortunately, the success of childhood vaccination efforts has largely over-shadowed the need for adult vaccinations. Vaccine-preventable diseases among adults result in 45 thousand unnecessary deaths each year.
I urge my colleagues to support the THRIVE Act which will improve adult immunization efforts and help save lives.