Adult Vaccination Resources for Healthcare Professionals

In 1952, close to 60,000 individuals in the US contracted paralytic polio. That number is now zero. And this is not a unique statistic; the morbidity associated with many one-time ubiquitous diseases — smallpox, diphtheria, measles, mumps, rubella — has decreased 99 percent or more for each. These remarkable successes, which provide a definitive answer to any question about the importance of vaccines, are largely due to the comprehensive US childhood immunization strategy.

The next imperative is to create a similarly comprehensive strategy for adult immunization to address the fact that the majority of vaccine-preventable deaths in the US today occur in adults. Healthcare providers can and will need to play a pivotal role in these efforts. NFID has developed professional resources including comprehensive information about vaccine-preventable diseases, the latest immunization schedule from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, and a series of professional practice toolkits that contain materials to help improve adult vaccination rates and promote patient education among adults.

The following professional materials are designed as ready-to-use resources to help healthcare professionals educate adults about the importance of vaccination and implement strategies to improve adult vaccination rates. NFID has also developed specific resources for pneumococcal vaccination.

Appointment Reminder Cards
Use on the back of appointment cards (either mailed or handed to patients) to remind patients about the importance of vaccination.

Designed to give patients “at a glance” facts about the burden of vaccine-preventable diseases and why vaccination is important to protect adults against serious infectious diseases.

NFID Conferences and Courses

National Foundation for Infectious Diseases live professional development

NFID Journal-Based Continuing Education

National Foundation for Infectious Diseases journal-based professional development published in Infectious Diseases in Clinical Practice

NFID Online Continuing Education

National Foundation for Infectious Diseases online professional development (including complimentary webinars)

Office Closed and On Hold Scripts
Suggested scripts can be incorporated within the office’s main recording, urging patients to be proactive about their health by asking about vaccination.

Preventing Hepatitis B in US Adults through Increased Vaccination Rates among At-Risk Groups (October 2018)

Call to Action on the burden of hepatitis B virus (HBV) infection in US adults and key strategies to promote vaccination as a highly effective tool in preventing HBV infection

Poster and Tabletop Tent Card
Remind patients and office staff about the importance of vaccinating adults to prevent serious infectious diseases. Display prominently in waiting rooms, local pharmacies, or other healthcare settings to encourage patients to ask about immunization.

Reminder Email
Use this customizable email to remind patients to get vaccinated to protect against infectious diseases.

Shingles Awareness Toolkit

National Foundation for Infectious Diseases (NFID): View the toolkit for resources to help increase awareness about the importance of shingles prevention through vaccination. Materials include: posters, FAQs, sample social media posts, a public service announcement video, and sample newsletter/website content.

Understanding the Challenges & Opportunities in Protecting Older Adults from Influenza

NFID convened a panel of experts to help increase understanding of the unique challenges and new opportunities in protecting older adults from influenza

Partner Resources

Advisory Committee on Immunization Practices (ACIP) Abbreviations for Vaccines

Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC)

Adult Immunization Learning Center on Medscape

Provides CME activities and other materials focused on adult immunization and adult vaccination

Geriatric Healthcare: Keeping our Treasures Healthy

National Black Nurses Association

Keys to Storing and Handling Your Vaccine Supply

Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC): Video covering vaccine storage and handling best practices, errors, and how to prevent them.

Sample Standing Orders (Immunization Action Coalition)
Standing orders allow non-prescribers to vaccinate patients based on specific criteria developed and approved by an authorized prescriber of medical care. Standing orders have been shown to have significant impact on improving vaccination rates.

Toolkit for Adult Immunizations & Standing Orders Programs

Take a Stand! Use Standing Order to Vaccinated Adults: Toolkit to help you raise your clinic’s adult immunization rates

Vaccine Schedules App for Clinicians and Other Immunization Providers

Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC): Healthcare professionals who recommend or administer vaccines can access all CDC recommended immunization schedules and footnotes