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

In addition, 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

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 the 2019 AANP Fall Conference

Learn more about immunization—and other pharmacology topics—in Las Vegas this October! The 2019 AANP Fall Conference has an entire topical area devoted to pharmacology topics, including sessions on:

  • Pediatric Immunizations 2019: A CDC Update for Nurse Practitioners
  • Adult Immunizations 2019: A CDC Update for Nurse Practitioners
  • The Factors Impacting Drug Shortages in the United States
  • Everyday Pharmacogenetics for the Nurse Practitioner
  • Much more!

Don’t miss your chance to earn up to 21 hours of CE credit October 10­–13 at Bally’s Las Vegas Hotel & Casino with hundreds of your NP colleagues.

Register Today