Proclamation 5561 -- National Adult Immunization Awareness Week, 1986
the President of the
Influenza and pneumonia are among the principal killers of American adults, especially the elderly. Fewer than 12 percent of the adult population are vaccinated against these diseases or against other highly infectious diseases such as measles, rubella, diphtheria, and hepatitis B. Fewer than half of Americans over sixty are vaccinated against tetanus.
against infectious diseases is a major factor in preventive health care. The
Surgeon General of the
In recognition of the importance of adult immunization and the benefits that can flow from heightened public awareness, the Congress, by Public Law 99 - 528, has designated the week of October 26 through November 1, 1986, as ``National Adult Immunization Awareness Week'' and authorized and requested the President to issue a proclamation in observance of this occasion.
Therefore, I, Ronald Reagan, President of the
Witness Whereof, I have hereunto set my hand this twenty-fifth day of October,
in the year of our Lord nineteen hundred and eighty-six, and of the
with the Office of the Federal Register, ,
Note: The proclamation was released by the Office of the Press Secretary on October 27.