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 and Prevention (CDC)
Provides CME activities and other materials focused on adult immunization and adult vaccination
Sharable tweets/facebook status updates
National Black Nurses Association
Information about influenza vaccination recommendations for individuals who work in a healthcare setting and best practices from effective programs
Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC): Video covering vaccine storage and handling best practices, errors, and how to prevent them. 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 and Prevention (CDC): Healthcare professionals who recommend or administer vaccines can access all CDC recommended immunization schedules and footnotes
National Foundation for Infectious Diseases journal-based professional development published in Infectious Diseases in Clinical Practice
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