A key barrier to vaccine acceptance is a lack of knowledge about the benefits and safety of vaccination. For pregnant, adolescent, and adult women, advice and information from a trusted health care provider plays an important role in the decision to get vaccinated. Studies consistently show that provider recommendation and offer is the strongest predictor of immunization. The entire office staff should be involved in reinforcing the positive message that vaccines are safe and effective.
Some patients might have received misinformation about immunizations and might not want to have a recommended vaccine. Parents and legal guardians might not want a minor in their care to receive vaccines. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) and ACOG have resources to assist health care workers in their discussions with patients about the benefits of vaccinations. Listening to a patients concern, addressing the concerns directly, and providing evidence-based resources will help the patient make an informed decision.
CDC, ACOG and other organizations have resources to help health care workers address patient concerns regarding vaccines:
Adult Vaccination Resources for provider practices. Information and tools to help you and your practice stay up-to-date on vaccination standards and practices, CDC
Adult Vaccination Resources for educating your adult patients.Resources to help you educate your adult patients about vaccination, CDC
Pregnant Women & Influenza. Resources for talking to pregnant women about influenza vaccination, CDC
Vacccination materials in Spanish (Materiales sobre la vacunación en español). Materials to promote on-time vaccination across the life span in Spanish, CDC
Talking to Patients About Vaccine Safety. information on talking to your patients about the safety of U.S. vaccines, how vaccines work, and common side effects of vaccines, CDC
The Advisory Committee on Immunization Practice’s offers recommendations on communicating the risks and benefits of immunization
The American Academy of Physician Assistants (AAPA) published an article regarding, “Counseling Parents About Immunization: What’s the Most Effective Message”, (republished with permission from the AAPA).
Adults: Do You Know What Vaccines You Need?
CDC has a new video featuring real-life parents learning about the vaccines they and other adults need to protect their health. This video (2 versions available) or one of the 15-second teasers can be shared online, through social media, or in waiting rooms. Visit CDC’s adult immunization patient education webpage for details and to view/download. (Contact NCIRDwebteam@cdc.gov if you need assistance or require a broadcast quality file.)
With busy jobs and four active kids, Mary Beth and Barckley Toole don’t have time to get sick. A call from the doctor’s office reminded Mary Beth that they need vaccines to help stay healthy – just like their kids do. Follow along as she and Barckley find out what vaccines are recommended for adults.
Review the Diseases and Vaccines Section for more information on specific vaccines to discuss with your pateints.
Share the Patient side of Immunizationforwomen.org with your patients for them to learn more on their own.