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Nurs Clin North Am. 2016 Mar;51(1):121-36. doi: 10.1016/j.cnur.2015.10.005.

Vaccines and Immunization Practice.

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1
Department of Pharmacy Practice, Samford University, McWhorter School of Pharmacy, 800 Lakeshore Drive, Birmingham, AL 35229, USA. Electronic address: mdhogue@samford.edu.
2
Department of Pharmacy Practice, Samford University, McWhorter School of Pharmacy, 800 Lakeshore Drive, Birmingham, AL 35229, USA; Christ Health Center, 5720 1st Avenue South, Birmingham, AL 35212, USA.

Abstract

Vaccines are among most cost-effective public health strategies. Despite effective vaccines for many bacterial and viral illnesses, tens of thousands of adults and hundreds of children die each year in the United States from vaccine-preventable diseases. Underutilization of vaccines requires rethinking the approach to incorporating vaccines into practice. Arguably, immunizations could be a part all health care encounters. Shared responsibility is paramount if deaths are to be reduced. This article reviews the available vaccines in the US market, as well as practice recommendations of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention's Advisory Committee on Immunization Practices.

KEYWORDS:

Immunization practice; Practice guidelines; Vaccine-preventable diseases; Vaccines

PMID:
26897429
DOI:
10.1016/j.cnur.2015.10.005
[Indexed for MEDLINE]

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