Adult Couple

Professional Resources

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.


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

Influenza Resources for Vaccinating Healthcare Professionals

Information about vaccination recommendations for individuals who work in a healthcare setting and best practices from effective programs

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. CE credit available until 4/17/16.

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 News: Adult Immunization: Are you Meeting the Standards for Patient Care? (2/18/14)

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...

NFID Online Continuing Education

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

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.

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

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

Vaccines for Adult Patients: Resources for Educating Adult Patients about Vaccines

Centers for Disease Control and Prevention

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