According to the CDC, vaccinations will prevent more than 21 million hospitalizations and 730,000 deaths among children born in the last 20 years.1 For every $1 invested in vaccines, an estimated $10.20 is saved in direct medical costs.2 But more patient education is needed to increase vaccination rates.
The AAFP offers resources to help you care for your patients from birth to advanced age. These include current immunization schedules, clinical recommendations, patient education resources and information on vaccine-preventable diseases.
The ACIP Approves Updates to 2021 Immunization Schedules article summarizes the October meeting, which included revised 2021 schedules with more harmonization for adults and children, a summary of the 2019-20 influenza season and updates on vaccines.
The AAFP's patient education campaign emphasizes that vaccines protect those who are more vulnerable. Download a patient info card, posters and social media banners for your office, or visit familydoctor.org/vaccines.
Multiple factors impact a patient’s ability to receive a vaccination. Patients have a range of concerns ranging from vaccine safety to visiting a physician’s office during the pandemic. To respect these concerns, an empathetic approach may be helpful. The AAFP has included more resources on this page to help you develop strategies for communicating with them.
Learn how your peers approach preventive care when patients are hesitant
or unable to schedule in-person well visits.
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Visit familydoctor.org/vaccines and you'll find articles you can use with patients.
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