Preteen VaxScene Adolescent Immunization Webinar Series

  • Friday, August 17, 2018
  • 11:00 AM - 12:00 PM
  • Webinar

Preteen VaxScene Adolescent Immunization Webinar Series

National Immunization Awareness Month Effectively Recommending Vaccines Across the Lifespan

August is National Immunization Awareness Month, an observance to highlight the importance of vaccination for people of all ages. From pregnant women to children to the elderly and everyone in between, timely immunizations are one of the most important ways to protect patients from serious diseases. Whether it's a parent making the decision to vaccinate their child or an adult deciding to get their own vaccines, an effective clinician recommendation is the most powerful predictor of vaccination.

Thus, it's key for clinicians to make effective vaccine recommendations. During this webinar, two practicing family physicians will discuss how they talk about vaccines and address common questions for all of their patients. Dr. John Merrill-Steskal is a family physician in Ellensburg, Washington. He is affiliated with Kittitas Valley Healthcare and is a Clinical Instructor for The University of Washington. Dr. Jeffrey Moore is a family physician in Merrill, Wisconsin. He is affiliated with Marshfield Clinic, where he has held a family practice position since 1988.

Dr. Merrill-Steskal and Dr. Moore have both completed the American Academy of Family Physicians (AAFP)-sponsored Vaccine Science Fellowship and were both recently recognized as CDC Childhood Immunization Champions. Their experience as family physicians can help guide others to implement effective communication strategies to ensure patients across the lifespan are up-to-date on vaccination.


By the end of this webinar, participants will be able to:

• Learn effective strategies for recommending vaccines for patients of all ages

• Find tips for addressing common questions and/or concerns about vaccines

• Identify strategies to ensure the whole office is communicating consistently about vaccines to all patients

Featured Speakers:

• Dr. John Merrill-Steskal, MD, FAAFP, Kittitas Valley Healthcare and Clinical Instructor for the University of Washington

• Dr. Jeffrey Moore, MD, Primary Care Physician, Marshfield Clinic Merrill Center, Merrill, WI

Resources for National Immunization Awareness Month: With a new school year upon us, it is an opportune time to raise awareness about the importance of vaccines in protecting children against serious, sometimes deadly, diseases. Also remind adults, including pregnant women and adults with chronic conditions, about the vaccines they need to stay healthy before the flu season. CDC encourages partners to motivate people of all ages to stay up to date on the vaccines recommended for them. Take action to promote and support vaccinations during NIAM and beyond!

Getting vaccinated on-time according to CDC’s recommended immunization schedule provides the best protection from many serious and potentially life-threatening illnesses. To encourage on-time vaccination, CDC has launched an interactive guide to help families navigate information about recommended vaccines from birth through adulthood. Click through various stages of life to learn about vaccine-preventable diseases—like the flu, whooping cough, and HPV cancers—and the recommended timing for key immunizations.

The National Public Health Information Coalition’s (NPHIC) NIAM communication toolkits are available for download on the NPHIC website. The toolkits are also available for download in Spanish. You can find CDC promotional and educational resources for every stage of the life span on CDC’s website for immunization partners. Additionally, please take a moment to share the great work your organization is doing during NIAM.

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