Healthcare Professionals must work together to increase adolescent immunization rates

Professional Resources

Adolescent immunization rates lag far behind childhood rates. As a result, adolescents are left needlessly exposed to serious diseases that can cause immediate and irreparable harm, such as meningococcal disease, and infections like hepatitis B and HPV that can lead to long-term health crises including certain cancers. 

One of the prime opportunities to vaccinate and provide counsel about the importance of immunization occurs during regular wellness visits, but adolescents don’t make these visits as often as they should. It is therefore critical to take every opportunity, including visits outside of the routine check-up (e.g., for illness or sports physicals) to open the dialogue with parents and guardians about immunization. 

These tools have been designed as ready-to-use resources to help promote and facilitate patient education, and improve vaccination rates in your practice.

Resources

Adolescent Vaccination Call To Action (PDF)

Covers the latest CDC recommendations and practical strategies for improving vaccination rates

Advisory Committee on Immunization Practices (ACIP) Abbreviations for Vaccines

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.

Backgrounder

Background information on the US adolescent immunization program status and the need to improve adolescent immunization rates

Centers for Disease Control & Prevention (CDC) Immunization Recommendations for Adolescents

The latest immunization recommendations from the CDC

Fact Sheet

This fact sheet provides information about the current vaccines recommended to protect adolescents against serious infectious diseases. Included in the current Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) recommendations are vaccines for all adolescents (11-18 years old), ideally starting at the routine age 11-12 year visit, catch-up vaccines, and vaccines for adolescents at higher risk of disease or complications.

Online Vaccine Education

Free continuing education for healthcare professionals on vaccines is available on www.nfid.org.