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Immunization Gives Your Community its Best Shot
|Since we all play a role in improving health where we serve, work, and live, make sure you are prepared to deliver the most important messages about immunization to those in your community. Immunizations protect us from serious diseases and prevent the spread of those diseases to others.
As the fall season arrives, nurses, medical assistants, program staff, health officials, and many others are likely to find themselves on the front lines of communicating about vaccines. Flu season is our yearly reminder to protect our surrounding communities and ourselves, and the data tell us that there is room to improve. See how your state fared in the latest coverage trend report .
This is one of the modules from the You Call the Shots curriculum created by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC). At the conclusion of the session, a participant will be able to: Describe Vaccines for Children (VFC) program requirements. Describe VFC provider roles, responsibilities, and vaccine management practices as a team member of CDC’s VFC program, and implement disease detection and prevention health care services (e.g., smoking cessation, weight reduction, diabetes screening, blood pressure screening, immunization services) to prevent health problems and maintain health.
This course will help participants identify Vaccine Hesitancy, discuss modalities to address Vaccine Hesitancy and discuss common concerns brought up surrounding vaccination. Through this course, providers will become more comfortable addressing vaccines and vaccine hesitancy with their patients and their families.
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Did You Know?
In 1974, about 80% of Japanese children were getting the pertussis (whooping cough) vaccine. That year there were only 393 cases of whooping cough in the entire country and not a single pertussis-related death. Then, immunization rates began to drop, until only about 10% of children were being vaccinated. In 1979, more than 13,000 people got whooping cough and 41 died. When routine vaccinations resumed, the disease numbers dropped again.