Disease- & Population-Specific Immunizations

Immunization is essential to preventing the spread of contagious – and sometimes deadly – diseases, particularly among at-risk populations such as young children and older adults. The American Academy of Family Physicians (AAFP) provides a wealth of resources to help family physicians educate parents and patients about the importance of immunization.

Here you’ll find information about immunizations for specific diseases and populations, as well as policies and recommendations from the AAFP, the American Academy of Pediatrics, and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.

  • Human Papillomavirus Vaccine

    Despite the overwhelming evidence of the safety and effectiveness of the human papillomavirus (HPV) vaccine, vaccination rates remain low. The AAFP is urging family physicians to strongly recommend that patients get vaccinated against HPV.

Between January 1, 2014 and August 29, 2014, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC)  reported 592 confirmed cases of measles — the greatest number of reported cases since 2000, when measles elimination was documented in the United States. The AAFP offers several resources to help family physicians encourage patients to follow the recommended immunization schedules, which are based on the best available data and are designed to maximize benefit and minimize risk.

Pneumococcus remains a leading infectious cause of serious illness among older adults in the United States; it can cause severe infections of the lungs, bloodstream, and lining of the brain and spinal cord. Vaccinations are the best way to prevent pneumococcal disease, and the AAFP recommends pneumococcal vaccines in all adults 65 and older.