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.
Centers for Disease Control & Prevention (CDC): The latest vaccine abbreviations have been updated. These acronyms are intended to provide a uniform approach to vaccine references used in ACIP Recommendations that are published in the MMWR, the Pink Book, and the American Academy of Pediatrics Red Book; and in the US immunization schedules for children, adolescents, and adults.
Provides CME activities and other materials focused on adult immunization and adult vaccination
National Black Nurses Association
Compilation of adult vaccine tracking forms and resources
Information about influenza vaccination recommendations for individuals who work in a healthcare setting and best practices from effective programs
Centers for Disease Control & Prevention (CDC): Watch this web-on-demand video to learn about vaccine storage and handling errors, how to prevent them, and recommended best practices for storage and handing of vaccines. CE credit available until 4/17/16
National Foundation for Infectious Diseases live professional development
The National Vaccine Advisory Committee (NVAC) recently revised and updated the Standards for Adult Immunization Practice to reflect the important role that ALL healthcare professionals play in ensuring that adults are getting the vaccines they need...
National Foundation for Infectious Diseases online professional development
Society of Teachers of Family Medicine Group on Immunization Education
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
Centers for Disease Control & Prevention (CDC): Healthcare professionals who recommend or administer vaccines can immediately access all CDC recommended immunization schedules and footnotes using the CDC Vaccine Schedules app. Optimized for tablets and useful on smartphones, the app shows the child, adolescent, and adult vaccines recommended by the Advisory Committee on Immunization Practices (ACIP).
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