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.
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.
National Foundation for Infectious Diseases live professional development
National Foundation for Infectious Diseases journal-based professional development published in Infectious Diseases in Clinical Practice
National Foundation for Infectious Diseases online professional development (including complimentary webinars)
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.
Use this customizable email to remind patients to get vaccinated to protect against infectious diseases.
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.
NFID convened a panel of experts to help increase understanding of the unique challenges and new opportunities in protecting older adults from influenza
Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC)
Provides CME activities and other materials focused on adult immunization and adult vaccination
National Black Nurses Association
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.
Take a Stand! Use Standing Order to Vaccinated Adults: Toolkit to help you raise your clinic’s adult immunization rates
Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC): Healthcare professionals who recommend or administer vaccines can access all CDC recommended immunization schedules and footnotes