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Professional Resources

In 1952, close to 60,000 individuals in the US contracted paralytic polio. That number is now zero. And this is not a unique statistic; the morbidity associated with many one-time ubiquitous diseases — smallpox, diphtheria, measles, mumps, rubella — has decreased 99 percent or more for each. These remarkable successes, which provide a definitive answer to any question about the importance of vaccines, are largely due to the comprehensive US childhood immunization strategy. 

The next imperative is to create a similarly comprehensive strategy for adult immunization to address the fact that the majority of vaccine-preventable deaths in the US today occur in adults. Healthcare providers can and will need to play a pivotal role in these efforts. NFID has developed professional resources including comprehensive information about vaccine-preventable diseases, the latest immunization schedule from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, and a series of professional practice toolkits that contain materials to help improve adult vaccination rates and promote patient education among adults.


Advisory Committee on Immunization Practices (ACIP) Abbreviations for Vaccines

Centers for Disease Control & Prevention (CDC): The latest vaccine abbreviations have been updated. These acronyms are intended to provide a uniform approach to vaccine references used in ACIP Recommendations that are published in the MMWR, the Pink Book, and the American Academy of Pediatrics Red Book; and in the US immunization schedules for children, adolescents, and adults.

Adult Immunization Learning Center on Medscape

Provides CME activities and other materials focused on adult immunization and adult vaccination

Geriatric Healthcare: Keeping our Treasures Healthy

National Black Nurses Association

Immunization Tracking Forms

Compilation of adult vaccine tracking forms and resources

Influenza Resources for Healthcare Professionals

Information about influenza vaccination recommendations for individuals who work in a healthcare setting and best practices from effective programs

Keys to Storing and Handling Your Vaccine Supply

Centers for Disease Control & Prevention (CDC): Watch this web-on-demand video to learn about vaccine storage and handling errors, how to prevent them, and recommended best practices for storage and handing of vaccines. CE credit available until 4/17/16

NFID Conferences and Courses

National Foundation for Infectious Diseases live professional development

NFID News: Adult Immunization: Are you Meeting the Standards for Patient Care? (2/18/14)

The National Vaccine Advisory Committee (NVAC) recently revised and updated the Standards for Adult Immunization Practice to reflect the important role that ALL healthcare professionals play in ensuring that adults are getting the vaccines they need...

NFID Online Continuing Education

National Foundation for Infectious Diseases online professional development

Toolkit for Adult Immunizations & Standing Orders Programs

Society of Teachers of Family Medicine Group on Immunization Education

Understanding the Challenges & Opportunities in Protecting Older Adults from Influenza

NFID convened a panel of experts to help increase understanding of the unique challenges and new opportunities in protecting older adults from influenza

Vaccines for Adult Patients: Resources for Educating Adult Patients about Vaccines

Centers for Disease Control and Prevention

Vaccine Schedules App for Clinicians and Other Immunization Providers

Centers for Disease Control & Prevention (CDC): Healthcare professionals who recommend or administer vaccines can immediately access all CDC recommended immunization schedules and footnotes using the CDC Vaccine Schedules app. Optimized for tablets and useful on smartphones, the app shows the child, adolescent, and adult vaccines recommended by the Advisory Committee on Immunization Practices (ACIP).