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Excellence in Vaccine Communication

Thoughtful, evidence-based communication is important when talking to the public, the media, and other healthcare professionals, as there is an abundance of misinformation and myths about vaccines. Here are 5 tips for effectively communicating the benefits of timely vaccination…

#ShotOfScience: A Brief History of Vaccine Accomplishments

The history of the smallpox vaccine is just the beginning of the story of how vaccines have transformed global public health. Indeed, vaccines are among the most significant achievements in public health. Between 1924-2013, childhood vaccinations prevented more than 100 million cases of serious disease.

5 Ways to Advance Antimicrobial Stewardship in 2017

Significant increases in worldwide antimicrobial resistance has created an urgent need for the appropriate use and management of antibiotic prescribing. During 2017, take these 5 steps to help advance antimicrobial stewardship…

Help Break the Chain of Infection

International Infection Prevention Week (IIPW) aims to raise awareness about the role that infection prevention plays in improving patient safety. The 2016 theme is “Break the Chain of Infection.”

Why On-Time Vaccination Is So Important

As a mother, I’m certainly thinking about all the things I can do to keep my family safe and healthy for the upcoming school year. As a pediatrician, I also know that this is the perfect time of year to remind parents that on-time vaccination is the best way to protect infants, young children, and teens against 16 serious and potentially deadly diseases.

Protect Your Preteens Today from HPV-Related Cancers Tomorrow

As an adolescent medicine specialist, I’m faced with the daily challenge of guiding my patients through their adolescent years in a safe, healthy way. Sadly, there is much beyond my control, but the administration of immunizations is a very straight forward way of protecting them from diseases which I know will have a significant impact on their health. A perfect example of a vaccine that is extremely beneficial to patients in my practice is the HPV vaccine.

The New Safety Question: “Is Your Child Vaccinated?”

As parents, we all know the typical safety questions you ask when your kids go on play dates, such as “Do you have a dog?,” ”Do you keep guns in the house?,” or “Do you smoke?” But, with the increasing number of parents choosing to forego or delay vaccinating their children and the resulting resurgence of deadly childhood diseases, there is a safety risk when children play with other kids whose vaccination status is unknown.

Measles Immunization in the US

The US ranks just 12th in measles immunization coverage, with a 91% coverage rate. Countries like Singapore, Mongolia, Russia, and China – all of which spend significantly less than the US on healthcare per capita– are among those that boast higher coverage rates.

Improving Adult Immunization Rates

Vaccines are among the most cost-effective clinical preventive services yet adult vaccination rates remain well below public health goals, despite the impact of vaccine-preventable diseases in the US. The recently released National Adult Immunization Plan (NAIP) provides an overview of recommended actions to be undertaken by federal and non-federal partners to protect public health and achieve optimal prevention of infectious diseases through vaccination, specifically vaccination of adults.

Reducing Antimicrobial Resistance through Stewardship and Vaccines

Antimicrobial resistance is a serious health threat that affects the clinical outcome of patients and also results in higher rates of adverse events and healthcare costs. The discovery of potent antimicrobial agents was one of the greatest contributions to medicine in the 20th century. Unfortunately, the emergence of antimicrobial-resistant pathogens now threatens these advances. Antimicrobial resistance affects everybody and knows no geographic boundaries—a resistant deadly pathogen may be just a plane ride away.

Take A Stand™: Implementing Standing Orders for Adult Vaccines

Standing Orders Programs provide a proven solution to improve low adult immunization rates, improve clinic efficiency, and reduce barriers to providing adult vaccines. Successful implementation will improve the quality of patient care while concurrently reducing the logistical burdens of providing adult vaccines.