According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), vaccinations will prevent more than 21 million hospitalizations and 730,000 deaths among children born in the last 20 years.1 The CDC estimates that for every $1 invested in vaccines, $10.20 is saved in direct medical costs.2 But more patient education and understanding is needed.
The AAFP offers all the immunization resources you need to care for your patients birth to advanced age. These include current and age-specific immunization schedules, clinical recommendations, and information on vaccine-preventable diseases, coding, outbreaks, recalls and shortages.
2020-2021 Influenza Vaccine Update: View the Seasonal Influenza Prevention & Control page for information on this season's influenza vaccine.
Multiple factors impact a patient's ability to vaccinate. Your patients with concerns, from vaccine safety to visiting your office during the pandemic, may require a different and empathetic approach. The AAFP has included more resources on this page to help you develop strategies for communicating with them.
Search for "vaccines" on familydoctor.org and you'll find a variety of articles you can use with patients. This includes topics like:
Learn how family physicians approach preventive care when patients are hesitant or unable to schedule in-person well visits. View the Respond to COVID-19 web page.
* Credit is available for all COVID-19 activities.