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HELP INCREASE VACCINE RATES IN SOUTHERN ILLINOIS

Faculty: Anne Schneider, DO, Family Medicine Physician, Edward-Elmhurst Health, and 2021-2022 AAFP Vaccine Science Fellow

IL Vaccine for Children (VFC) and Children’s Health Insurance Program (CHIP) - An Update for Primary Care Physicians 

Learning objectives:

  • Describe the benefits of becoming a VFC provider
  • Understand how to begin the process of becoming a VFC provider
  • Understand the differences and similarities between VFC and CHIP vaccine programs.
  • Explain the differences between the VFC Program and COVID-19 vaccination program.

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Cultural Information and Misinformation Regarding Vaccines

Learning Objectives:

- Understand the framework of healthcare and how culture can affect vaccine uptake.
- Define the reasons for lower vaccination rates amongst various cultures.
- Facilitate how healthcare providers can reduce misinformation and disinformation and increase vaccination rates by tailoring discussions on vaccines based on each patient’s cultural background.

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Increasing Vaccine Confidence in Primary Care

Learning Objectives:

- Describe a brief history of vaccine hesitancy, including definitions of terms.
- Explain reasons patients and parents may lack confidence in vaccines, and as such, refuse vaccination.
- Review evidence-based techniques healthcare providers can employ when communicating with patients and parents to increase vaccine confidence and vaccine acceptance.

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Influenza Vaccination Recommendations for the 2021-2022 Season

 Learning Objectives:
- Summarize the ACIP recommendation updates for the 2021-2022 influenza season
- State reasons for the importance of influenza vaccinations during the COVID-19 pandemic
- Describe background information on the process involved in deciding on influenza virus vaccine composition

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Resources

Influenza Vaccination Coverage for Persons 6 Months and Older,

Prevention and Control of Seasonal Influenza with Vaccines: Recommendations of the Advisory Committee on Immunization Practices, United States, 2021–22 Influenza Season.

Questions and Answers Recommended composition of influenza virus vaccines for use in the Northern hemisphere 2021-2022 influenza season and development of candidate vaccine viruses for pandemic preparedness. World Health Organization.

Recommended composition of influenza virus vaccines for use in the 2021-2022 northern hemisphere influenza season. World Health Organization. (2021, February 26).

 Influenza Vaccine for the 2021-2022 Season. U.S. Food and Drug Association. Retrieved September 4, 2021

Summary: ‘Prevention and Control of Seasonal Influenza with Vaccines: Recommendations of the Advisory Committee on Immunization Practices (ACIP)- United States, 2021-2022’. Retrieved September 3, 2021. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.

Interim Clinical Considerations for Use of COVID-19 Vaccines Currently Approved or Authorized in the United States. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. (2021, August 31). Retrieved September 3, 2021

How to Talk to Reluctant Patients About the Flu Shot. American Academy of Family Physicians.

Health Literacy. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, reviewed: August 31, 2021. Accessed 11/14/21.

Persistent Disparities in Immunization Rates for the Seven-Vaccine Series Among Infants 19–35 Months in the United States. Health Equity.Nov 2021.135-139. Accessed 11/26/21.

Flu Disparities Among Racial and Ethnic Minority Groups. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. Reviewed November 9, 2021. Accessed 11/13/21.