The AMA has just released a set of comprehensive, clearly organized adolescent and adult vaccine indication cards. Designed as a point-of-care toolkit, this 12-card set can help physicians and other providers:
- Properly administer 11 common adult and adolescent vaccines.
- Refer quickly to dosing, indication and adverse reaction information.
- Talk to patients about the importance of vaccination.
- Decide which travel vaccines will suit your patients' plans.
- Correctly code for payment for vaccine administration.
You can order your free set of vaccine cards by sending a fax to (312) 464-5841 with the subject heading "Adult IZ Vaccine Cards" to Una Charley, and provide your name, shipping address, and a contact telephone number.
Vaccines and Adults: A Lifetime of Health. This patient-friendly resource includes information on:
- Vaccines and the diseases they prevent in adults
- Special circumstances when vaccines may be needed
- Issues regarding paying for vaccines
- Common questions and concerns
This informational booklet also includes a vaccine schedule, a place to record an individual's vaccine history and resources for further learning. Order your free copy of Vaccines and Adults: A Lifetime of Health today.
While many people believe vaccination is intended only for infants and children, many vaccines should be considered for adults as well. Vaccines can protect adults against preventable diseases like measles, mumps, rubella, tetanus, diphtheria, pneumococcal disease, influenza and varicella. They also can protect against hepatitis A and B.
People who travel outside the United States may require disease-specific vaccines. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention operates an international traveler's immunization hot line. Call toll-free (877) FYI-TRIP or (888) 232-3299 to obtain information about required and/or recommended shots for your destination, or visit the CDC Web site.
The Immunization Action Coalition has many materials for physicians pertaining to adult immunization.
The National Influenza Vaccine Summit home page
Updates on the National Influenza Vaccine Summit.
Adult vaccination: a step-by-step guide
Immunization Action Coalition releases an excellent adult immunization resource.
Influenza vaccination for health care professionals
Only 36 percent of all health care professionals are immunized against influenza each year, despite long-standing recommendations for annual vaccination.
Adult immunization point of care tools: adult immunizaton booklets
Home page of the 2008 AMA's adult vaccination booklets