Preventive medicine is a critical strategy to help people live longer, healthier lives and keep health care costs down. Promoting immunizations among your patients can significantly contribute to these outcomes.
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 Further, the CDC estimates that for every $1 invested in vaccines in the U.S., $10.20 is saved in direct medical costs.2
In order to continue these advantages of immunizations, the American Academy of Family Physicians (AAFP) endorses the concept that all children and adults, regardless of economic and insurance status, should have access to all immunizations recommended by the AAFP.
The following resources will help you and your practice continue to increase vaccination rates by staying up to date on AAFP vaccination recommendations, immunization schedules, and information on disease-specific vaccinations.
Immunization Coding Cards -- Birth Through Age 18
Optimize payment for childhood immunizations.
Vaccines 4 Teens
The Vaccinations 4 Teens resources are an easy-to-use collection of materials that AAFP members, care teams, and office staff can customize and use to help educate parents/guardians and teen patients about four recommended immunizations for adolescents: meningococcal disease (MenACWY); human papillomavirus (HPV); tetanus, diphtheria, and pertussis (Tdap); and flu.
AAFP Immunization-Related Guidelines and Policies
AAFP Immunization-Related Research
Immunization Office Champions Projects
Office Champions projects provide tools and strategies to a limited number of practices to test and develop effective ways to promote immunizations. Read summary reports about these studies