• Immunizations and Vaccines

    Creating a Community of Immunity

    Vaccines are one of the best preventive health tools we have. But vaccine misinformation is a real threat to public health and with increased patient hesitancy, potentially deadly disease outbreaks will happen. It's critical that everyone protect their health and those around them. 

    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 education is needed to improve vaccination rates. AAFP resources can support your efforts to get your patients vaccinated, from birth to advanced age.  

    Listen into this conversation between AAFP and CDC experts about flu, RSV and COVID immunization options during the 2023-24 respiratory season.

    Videos: Vaccine Updates and Concerns 

    Webinar: A Conversation About the 2023 Respiratory Illness Season

    Respiratory season isn’t coming — it’s already here. Learn how to protect your patients against influenza, COVID-19 and RSV in this new webinar featuring discussions between AAFP Senior Vice President Julie Wood, M.D., M.P.H., FAAFP, and experts from the CDC.

    Patient Vaccine Education - in 50 Seconds

    This short video explains that vaccines are extremely safe and important at all stages. Patients can read more in the Vaccines: Myth Versus Fact article.

    Members Speak Out

    We are tapping into AAFP members who are passionate about vaccines to emphasize the critical role vaccines play in keeping communities healthy. 

    A project in collaboration with Pfizer also brings you new resources to support patient conversations on getting vaccinated. Each piece was authored by an AAFP member.

    Support Patient Conversations

    Vaccines are the best way to protect against potentially deadly diseases. But many patient still have questions when its time to get vaccinated. These resources can help you with those difficult conversations.

    Fact Sheets

    Other Resources

    These tools are developed in collaboration with Pfizer, Inc.

    Vaccine Call to Action Statement

    The AAFP has partnered with Pfizer to develop materials for family physicians to use at the point of care. These materials are intended to build vaccine confidence, provide accurate vaccination information and provide recommendations and guidance on routine vaccination.

    To achieve the goals of this initiative, the AAFP recommends:

    • Vaccinating all age groups, per the CDC recommendations, regardless of economic and insurance status,
    • Vaccinating patients during routine well/annual health check- ups,
    • Educating physicians and healthcare teams about CDC-recommended vaccinations,
    • Addressing misinformation and myths about vaccinations, and
    • Implementing evidence-based interventions to improve vaccination rates.

    Clinician Resources

     Additional Resources