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Infectious Disease

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American Association of Nurse Practitioners - Infectious Disease

Coronavirus Disease 2019 (COVID-19) Update

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) is responding to an outbreak of respiratory disease caused by a novel (new) coronavirus that was first detected in December 2019. The World Health Organization (WHO) characterized the COVID-19 outbreak as a pandemic on March 11, 2020.

Patient Education Resources Related to COVID-19

Infectious Disease CE Courses

The AANP CE Center offers a wide variety of continuing education (CE) activities for nurse practitioners (NPs). Members get more, including access to many free activities and significantly discounted rates on others. The activities are updated frequently, and more than a dozen infectious disease-related options are currently available.

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NP Tools and Resources

AANP-developed Resources to Support NPs in Treating Your Patients

Adopting and Implementing Adult Pneumococcal Vaccination in Your Clinic

Adult pneumococcal vaccination rates remain suboptimal, with 1 out of 3 adults age 65 and older being unvaccinated. NPs can make a tremendous impact on the numbers of adults who have their appropriate vaccinations. This tool will guide you through the process of making a plan to increase adult pneumococcal vaccination rates in your practice and walk you through a step-by-step approach to implement a pneumococcal vaccination program.

This activity is supported by an independent educational grant from Merck & Co., Inc.

Hepatitis A and B Prevention by Vaccine: Nurse Practitioner Change Agents Championing Health Equity (CACHE)

Hepatitis A and B are infections which cause liver inflammation and, in turn, can lead to chronic hepatitis — which may then cause cirrhosis, liver cancer and liver failure. These infections, responsible for more than 1.3 million deaths annually worldwide, are wholly preventable by vaccination. Unfortunately, only 24% and 34% of adults have been vaccinated against hepatitis A and B, respectively.

These tools are designed to provide clinicians with information for guideline-directed practice, and to assist them in applying strategies to improve vaccine update by engaging adult patients in meaningful discussion about vaccine importance — including those in historically marginalized communities.

This educational activity is supported by an independent medical education grant from GSK.

Influenza Vaccination Tool for NPs

This provider tool is a resource for improving influenza prevention and facilitating confident conversations about vaccination. This tool can be printed and shared with office staff responsible for ordering or administering influenza vaccinations.

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This tool is made possible by an independent educational grant from Seqirus.

Pneumococcal Vaccination Across the Lifespan Integrating Vaccine Recommendations

This informative handout for the NP provides a summary of the FDA-approved pneumococcal vaccines as well as the Advisory Committee on Immunization Practices (ACIP) recommendations for their use. Handy resources in this tool include QR codes that direct you to CDC information and the PneumoRecs VaxAdvisor clinical app which will help you make a quick and accurate determination as to which, if any, pneumococcal vaccination is appropriate for your patient.

View Pneumococcal Vaccination Tool

This activity is supported by an independent educational grant from Merck & Co., Inc.

Patient Education Tools and Resources

Hepatitis A

Viral Hepatitis A

This patient tool provides education on hepatitis A disease and prevention using simple language in a visually engaging infographic format. The handout allows the patient and provider to start the shared clinical decision-making process so the patient can make an informed decision about hepatitis A vaccination. This tool is available as a downloadable PDF or place an order for 25-page, full color tear pads.

This educational tool supported by an independent grant from GSK.


Healthy Habits to Prevent Influenza Handout

This two-page patient handout discusses influenza prevention on page one and influenza treatment, including tips for taking antiviral medications, on page two. This handout can be printed and placed in waiting rooms and exam rooms or handed to patients to promote clinical discussions around influenza prevention and treatment.

Made possible by educational grants from Seqirus and Genentech, a member of the Roche group.

Meningococcal Disease

Importance of Preventing Meningococcal Disease Handout

This engaging patient handout can be given out to help parents and patients understand the risks and symptoms of serogroup B meningococcal disease, as well as how to prevent it with the recommended vaccines for ages 11-23. The ultimate goal of this handout is to give parents and patients the information they need to make an informed decision about the serogroup B meningococcal vaccine.

Supported by an educational grant from GlaxoSmithKline.

Shingles Vaccination Handout

This visually engaging educational handout will facilitate shared decision-making conversations between NPs and patients regarding shingles vaccination. The handout provides information about shingles presentation, the course of the disease, potential complications and vaccination.

This tool is supported by an educational grant from GlaxoSmithKline.

External Resources

Conveniently Curated Information from Other Top Sources

There are many resources available for both patients and providers and we have listed some of them below for your convenience. Inclusion of these links does not imply AANP endorsement.


Hepatitis C




  • Adolescent Vaccination: Provides resources and professional tools highlighting the importance of vaccination to protect U.S. adolescents from vaccine-preventable diseases and supporting a comprehensive approach to improving vaccination rates. Information is available for the general public, health care professionals and the media.
  • Adult Vaccination: Provides standards for adult immunization practice, adult vaccine recommendations and strategies for increasing adult vaccination rates. Information is available for health care professionals and patients.
  • #HowIRecommend Video Series: Offers a number of videos from a variety of health care providers and on a number of different topics, including effectively recommending vaccinations, addressing safety questions from patients and discussing side effects. There is also a complete playlist of NP-created videos featuring AANP members!
  • Immunization Action Coalition (IAC) Express Weekly email that provides new and updated vaccine recommendations from the CDC and new vaccine licensures from the Food & Drug Administration (FDA).
  • 2020 Immunization Schedules: Provides the 2020 adult and adolescent immunization schedules via the CDC. Additional resources for health care providers are also available, including vaccine safety, storage, administration and standards.