Spurring increased adult pneumococcal vaccination

Resources from NFID aim to boost low immunization rates to combat deadly pneumococcal disease.

Resources to support health professionals in implementing strategies to increase adult pneumococcal vaccination have been made available by the National Foundation for Infectious Diseases (NFID). Pneumococcal disease causes pneumonia, meningitis, and blood infections and results in thousands of deaths in the United States each year. Most U.S. pneumococcal deaths are in adults, and according to NFID, about one in three people who get pneumococcal meningitis will die from the disease.

Adult Pneumococcal Vaccination Guide for HCPs outlines CDC’s adult pneumococcal vaccination schedule, which now calls for routine use of pneumococcal conjugate and polysaccharide vaccines for certain adults. The guide includes illustrated timelines for vaccine administration and a table of risk conditions to aid health professionals in determining the pneumococcal vaccination needs of patients.

Public Health Resources & Toolkit: Pneumococcal Disease Public Health Resources is designed for public health professionals and supports the education of providers and community members. The toolkit includes fact sheets for educating patients, vaccination guides and trackers for providers and patients, and media outreach materials.

The Pneumococcal Disease Professional Practice Toolkit helps health professionals implement education and vaccination strategies through customizable patient education materials in English and Spanish and resources to implement vaccination efforts.

The Professional Practice Toolkit provides additional materials discussing adult pneumococcal and other recommended adult vaccines.

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