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.
We are tapping into AAFP members who are passionate about vaccines to emphasize the critical role vaccines play in keeping communities healthy. Misinformation is a key contributor, as outlined in Survey Finds COVID-19 Misinformation Continues to Spread.
In late 2021, the Vaccine Science Fellows released a new report, Surveying the Effect of the COVID-19 Pandemic on Public Confidence in Vaccines and Vaccine Messengers. This summary examines vaccine confidence before and since the onset of the pandemic.
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.
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.
These tools are developed in collaboration with Pfizer, Inc.
In November 2021, the AAFP 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:
This short video supports your patient conversations about getting vaccinated. It explains that vaccines are extremely safe and why it's important to health at all stages of life.
They can read more in the Vaccines: Myth Versus Fact article.