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September 2011
Education & Resources
New Toolkit Aims to Increase Pneumococcal Immunization in Adults

The National Foundation for Infectious Diseases (NFID) has developed a new toolkit to improve pneumococcal immunization rates among adults to reduce the impact of related illness and death in this population.

The burden of invasive pneumococcal disease in the U.S. lies primarily among adults; 85 percent of all cases occur in people age 18 or older. Vaccination rates are low despite the fact that the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention recommends vaccination for all adults age 65 and older and younger adults who have certain chronic conditions.

To help health care professionals maximize opportunities to vaccinate their patients, NFID has created a new Professional Practice Toolkit. This toolkit includes materials to help educate adult patients about the importance of pneumococcal prevention and assess their risk for pneumococcal disease, and various tools to support providers’ vaccination efforts. The materials are available in English and Spanish, and include information that can be tailored for practices that serve populations affected by disease and immunization disparities (e.g., African Americans, Hispanics, American Indians, Alaska natives).
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