• Immunizations & Vaccines

    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.

    Vaccine Information

    2020 Immunization Schedules

    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.

    Influenza Vaccine Information

    Disease- and Population-Specific Immunizations

     


    "Selfless Acts of Prevention"

    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

    Congrats! You're a Vaccine Hero: Printable Post-Vaccine Patient Card
    Train Your Defenses: Poster | Social Media Banner
    Roll Up Your Sleeves: Poster 
    Community of Immunity: Poster | Social Media Banner


    Efforts to Address Declining Vaccination Rates

    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.

    Additional Vaccination Resources

    AAFP Immunization-Related Guidelines & Policies

     

    COVID-19 Related Resources

    Learn how your peers approach preventive care when patients are hesitant
    or unable to schedule in-person well visits.  

    Credit is available for all COVID-19 activities.