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National Immunization Awareness Month: How Do You Recommend Vaccinations?

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Join the American Association of Nurse Practitioners® (AANP) in putting a stop to vaccine-preventable diseases.

August is when we recognize National Immunization Awareness Month (NIAM), which highlights the important work of health care providers as they encourage and explain the importance of on-time immunization. Nurse practitioners (NPs), in particular, are in a unique position to encourage vaccinations. According to The Journal for Nurse Practitioners (JNP), NPs can “improve vaccination rates by developing a trusting relationship with parents and being armed with information based on sound clinical evidence.”

A study in the Journal of the American Association of Nurse Practitioners (JAANP) supports this, with findings indicating that NP-managed patients in two NP-owned clinics had higher immunization rates than the national average across five major vaccines.

This NIAM, find continuing education (CE), resources for your patients, evidence-based articles and toolkits to help you make a positive difference in your community.

Learning Opportunities at AANP

Find additional resources on vaccination on AANP’s Infectious Disease and Health Promotion and Wellness Therapeutic Areas pages.

Practice Tools From AANP

AANP offers a Meningococcal Vaccine Information Tent for you to use in your practice. This printable resource can be placed in your waiting room or exam rooms to educate patients, and the parents of younger patients, about meningococcal disease prevention.

Download the Meningococcal Vaccine Information Tent

AANP's two-page HPV Patient Handout provides a summary of HPV and HPV-related cancers. It can be printed and placed in waiting and exam rooms or provided to patients so that they, and parents of adolescent patients, will be encouraged to discuss HPV prevention with their health care provider.

Download the HPV Patient Handout

Journal Articles for Further Reading

Resources From the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC)

Resources From the U.S. Department of Health & Human Services (HHS)

Resources From The Community Guide

  • August is National Immunization Awareness Month! With the spread of misinformation about vaccinations, it’s important as health care providers that we set the record straight. The Community Preventative Services Task Force’s The Community Guide has a helpful resource around the benefits of vaccinations as well as an evidence-based review of intervention strategies for increasing immunizations in our communities.

Immunization Updates at AANPconnect

Learn more about immunization — and other pharmacology topics — at the AANPconnect online conference experience! There are more than 30 CE sessions on pharmacology, including

  • 2020 Pediatric Pharmacology Update.
  • Everyday Pharmacogenetics for Nurse Practitioners.
  • Immunization Update 2020.
  • Infectious Disease Update: What the NP Needs to Know.
  • Much more!

Don’t miss your chance to earn up to 60 contact hours of CE credit September 10­–December 31, 2020 — just $99 for AANP members and $39 for AANP student members.

Register for AANPconnect