It’s National Infant Immunization Week!
We put out the call for infant vaccination resources that groups were prepared to share, and this is what we received. If you have any tools or resources you can share with others, either hard copies or downloadables, just add them to the comments section.
Vaccinate Your Baby has a nice section on their website of video FAQs, featuring Dr. Paul Offit, Dr. Mark Sawyer, Alison Singer, and Dr. Mary Beth Koslap-Petraco. The videos are very short, and they each ask and answer a question about vaccines. Plus, they have the full transcripts available for download. Nice way to hear how other healthcare professionals answer questions, and something you can show patients.
AAP has a multitude of resources, as you would imagine.
Here’s the Childhood Immunization Support Program Best Practices Summary. Clinicians answer several questions, and their answers are compared to best practices for each question. Sample question: “How does your practice ensure that, whenever possible, immunization appointments are scheduled along with other appointments, to prevent missed opportunities?” Good opportunity to find out how others are overcoming issues related to best practices.
AAP also has a nice page with several provider resources listed for those wanting to communicate with parents of infants, or children of any age.
The Alliance for Immunization in Michigan has a toolkit available for download that addresses infant immunization, as well as immunization in other age groups.
The Illinois Maternal & Child Health Coalition has a Community Immunization Education Guide Toolkit available in English and Spanish. It provides background information that the trainee can use as they train fellow community workers and/or educate the public about immunizations. Key topics include: What is a vaccine preventable disease, what are the five key immunization messages, what do vaccine preventable diseases look like, how to give an excellent presentation.
The Hepatitis B Foundation has a downloadable flyer promoting hep B vaccination.
CDC has an entire infant/toddler immunization section on its website.
Stanford’s Asian Liver Center has a flyer available in multiple languages that addresses HBV and Moms-to-be
CHOP’s Vaccine Education Center has several resources available:
Print materials: - Vaccines and Your Baby booklet; Q and A sheets about related vaccines: rotavirus, hep A, chickenpox, influenza, pertussis; Vaccine safety q and a sheets – facts about childhood vaccines, aluminum, recommended immunization schedule, thimerosal, too many vaccines, vaccine ingredients, vaccines and autism; Clings of the immunization schedule.
Videos: - Vaccines and your baby (for new or expectant parents), Vaccines: Separating Fact from Fear (for parents concerned about vaccine safety)
IAC has several resources for those working with infants:
Vaccinations for Infants and Children, Age 0–10 Years
Clear Answers & Smart Advice About Your Baby’s Shots by Dr. Ari Brown, MD, FAAP
Personal belief exemptions for vaccination put people at risk. Examine the evidence for yourself.
Reliable Sources of Immunization Information: Where to go to find answers!
Standing orders for all routine childhood vaccines
PKIDs has several infant-specific resources that anyone may use. There’s a nice section on pertussis with video and audio PSAs, , and other materials for use by providers and parents. For the Make On-Time Vaccination Easy program, there are radio PSAs available for download . There are also videos covering a variety of vaccine-preventable diseases that may be used by anyone as PSAs, or there are longer versions for showing in waiting rooms .