Pneumococcal Disease Professional Practice Toolkit

The following materials are designed as ready-to-use resources to educate adult patients about pneumococcal disease.

Patient Fact Sheet
An overview of pneumococcal disease causes, symptoms, and prevention. Having this resource available in your waiting room or sharing it with patients in advance of their visits may help to educate them and reduce the time you need to spend explaining the disease and the vaccine.
Patient Fact Sheet 
Patient Fact Sheet (Spanish)

Top Five Reasons Fact Sheet
Resource to communicate with patients about the dangers of pneumococcal disease
Top Five Reasons for Adults to Get Vaccinated Against Pneumococcal Disease
Top Five Reasons for Adults to Get Vaccinated Against Pneumococcal Disease (Spanish)

Fact Sheet for Immunizers
Overview of facts about pneumococcal disease and prevention in adults for healthcare professionals
Fact Sheet for Immunizers
Fact Sheet for Immunizers (Spanish) 

Adult Pneumococcal Vaccination Guide for HCPs
Outline of pneumococcal vaccination recommendations to aid in screening adult patients and assessing their pneumococcal vaccination needs
Adult Pneumococcal Vaccination Guide

Expert Q & A
Interactive Q & A featuring answers from a panel of experts to commonly asked questions about pneumococcal disease

Waiting Room Poster
Hang this poster in your waiting or exam rooms to remind patients and staff to think about pneumococcal and other vaccines adults need to protect themselves
Waiting Room Poster
Waiting Room Poster (Spanish)

Immunization Assessment Tool for In-Office and Web/e-Mail
Assessment tool designed to help patients take an active role in understanding their risk for pneumococcal disease. The In-Office version is designed to be available in the waiting room for patients to complete onsite. The Web/e-Mail version is designed for your practice website or for e-mailing it to patients in advance of appointments.
Immunization Assessment Tool for In-Office
Immunization Assessment Tool for Web/e-Mail

Immunization Assessment Tool for In-Office (Spanish)
Immunization Assessment Tool for Web/e-Mail (Spanish)

Reminder E-mail
Customizable e-mail to be used as a reminder for patients to make an appointment to consider all adult vaccines
Reminder e-Mail
Reminder e-Mail (Spanish) 

Newsletter Template
Article that can be formatted on your letterhead, posted to your website, printed and distributed to patients in your office, or added to your practice newsletter. This is a customizable template and there are spaces for you to insert your name or your practice's name. You may wish to customize it further, as needed.
Newsletter_Template 
Newsletter Template (Spanish) 

Disparities Information for Patients
There are racial and ethnic disparities in pneumococcal vaccination rates among African American, Hispanic, American Indian, and Alaska Native populations.  In addition, these populations typically experience more of the chronic health conditions that put them at risk for pneumococcal disease.  Below you will find suggested template language that can be incorporated into newsletters, e-mails, or other educational materials for your patients in these populations.  The language can be tailored to address specific risks and disparities in your community.
Disparities Information for Patients (Spanish included)  

Related Links
Comprehensive list of additional resources and tools