Proclamation 5733 -- National Adult Immunization Awareness Week, 1987
the President of the
We have good reason to set aside a week to remind ourselves of the benefits of adult immunization: The lives of many adults could be saved each year by inoculation with vaccines readily available and approved by the United States Food and Drug Administration. Vaccination against infectious diseases saves lives and lowers health care costs as well, as the Surgeon General has repeatedly reminded our Nation.
adults needlessly become victims of diseases that vaccination prevents.
Influenza and pneumonia kill more than 70,000 adult Americans each year, in
part because approximately 80 percent of people at high risk for
influenza-related complications have not been vaccinated. Estimates are that
more than 200,000 cases of hepatitis B occur in the
In recognition of the importance of adult immunization and the benefits of public awareness, the Congress, by Senate Joint Resolution 168, has designated the week beginning October 25, 1987, 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-eighth day of October,
in the year of our Lord nineteen hundred and eighty-seven, and of the
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